We are delighted to announce that the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open Chess Championships will take place 6–14 April 2019 at the Centara Grand Ladprao.
Centara Grand is a luxury hotel close to Chatuchak Park and the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, easily accessible by Skytrain and MRT. Here’s what they say on their website:
Bangkok is one of the intriguing cities of Asia; a place of glittering temples, a diverse cultural heritage, a majestic river, a myriad of exquisite dining opportunities and fabulous shopping options, and an energy that makes everything possible 24 hours a day. Located on the northern side of Bangkok, within the Ladprao business district and moments away from Chatuchak Park, the hotel is one of the city’s timeless landmarks.
Fully renovated to a modern and inviting style and re-opened in 2012, Thailand’s very first integrated five-star hotel and shopping destination has a reputation for attentive service, sublime dining and modern accommodations.
Integral to the hotel is the Bangkok Convention Centre Hall and the Central Plaza shopping and lifestyle complex, together offering all that is needed for guests staying in Bangkok on leisure or business. The hotel features extensive meetings and events facilities spanning over 10,000 square metres and complementing those of the adjacent 2,506-square-metre Bangkok Convention Centre Hall which can accommodate up to 3,800 persons in cocktail style and is serviced by separate kitchens. The hotel’s elegant, pillar-less Vibhavadee Ballroom can serve 2,000 for a reception, dazzling wedding party or product launch; and there also is a collection of 17 fully-equipped suites and boardrooms.
Tournament details here. For more information on the hotel, please visit their website.
The 17th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2017 will be held at the Regent Cha-am Beach Resort, a beachfront resort overlooking the Gulf of Thailand located in Cha-am and only 15 mins drive to Hua-hin, a family friendly and relaxed beachside town. The Regent Cha-Am hosted the 5th BCC Open in 2005, where Grandmasters Ian Rogers and Eugenio Torre battled for the crown. Since then, the beach has grown due to the addition of many tonnes of sand, and the playing facilities extended and improved.
The location is quite the opposite to the hustle and bustle of Pattaya, with a clean and quiet beach and little danger of getting soaked every time you leave the resort. Cha-am town and Hua-hin are famous for their seafood, and a regular weekend escape from Bangkok for Thai families and expats alike.
The Open Tournament will run for nine days, from 8–16 April 2017, with only one round of chess per day. There will also be the seven round Challenger Tournament, and the BCC Open Blitz Championship held over two evenings.
The town of Cha-am lies 173 km south of Bangkok. Frequent bus and minibus services link Cha-am with Hua Hin and Bangkok’s Suvanabhumi Airport.
We will post more information as well as the hotel booking form, registration form, tournament details and schedule, both here and on our Facebook page.
There have been many people returning to the Bangkok Chess Club Open tournaments year after year, from places such as Australia, Denmark, England, Finland, India and Japan. This year we rewarded our regular visitors with a certificate accompanied by a bottle of fine Australian wine or, for the teetotallers, a box of Belgian chocolates.
FM Tim Reilly deserves a special mention, having competed at 11 of the 14 BCC Open Tournaments!
Regular international visitors helping with the running of the tournaments include Chief Arbiter Markku Kosonen and IA Peter Long.