Thailand Championship 2009

The surprise winner of this year’s Thailand Championship is Krisdayut. The biggest improver is Raweewish

17Plengsap Krisadayut217420726.53922102110
24Teerapabpaisit Wisuwat FM228222676.538.522902275
313Norris Damian C2053199063820832047
46Kongsee Uaychai22132145635.522122144
59Chuachavalit Surasak212520325.539.521412065
63Chaivichit Suchart FM228221555.53722702153
72Pitirotjirathon Jirapak FM230422675.536.522932259
811Unsomsri Thongchai2056203354020732058
924Rittilert Raweewish19161816539.519861928
108Tuorila Kai2160210653021402075
111Saeheng Boonsueb FM230522614.543.522852247
1217Chutubtim Prayudh197518714.534.519841907
1329Wiwarin Piyapon180417944.534.518421847
1418Tuamsang Sawapop196518624.53419661892
155Srivachirawat Kannapon225321734.53222552178
1616Apijuntarangkoon Jaradpong197818934.53119771883
1710Kasetchol Sathit210921074.53120912072
1814Vitithum Issara202019704.529.520191963
1923Wiwatanadate Poompong1952195043419621951
2021Prasopchandra Surachai19541774433.519481824
2120Suppt-hongs Paisal19561938433.519551921
2219Akharaboollasez Akharin19621883432.519461877
2337Kulpruthanon Thanadon01659431.518921757
2415Sivara Poompat1979191742919741883
2543Thanatipanonda Thotsaporn019173.53620141903
2638Patarajindasakul Suteep017563.535.518701799
2726Maouel Kamel189618573.534.518841848
2830Petchrongrusamee Pornpong179516853.533.518081724
2922Somprasong Pramote195317373.53219291728
3025Yothinnorratham Tepparit19031968328.518911926
3140Sakdavisarak Komgrib0032601383
3234Bano Randy00325.501727
3341Tachaplalert Suvich0140532301462
3428Srivatanakul Pricha182417562.52818081721
3533Atthaworadej Sayan015092.526.5(1668/4)1500
3635Chantratip Thongchai002.526(1717/6)1693
3731Rattanawicha Payothon16301765228.516251726
3832Kirk Louis15991501225.515901494
3939Prapaipis Vanatip01728222.518051717
4012Calacday Henry20542025217.520351994
4127Elauria Paulleandru183618111.52118311803
4244Atthaworadej Woradej01490128.501454
4336Charkrapundh Piyadaroon01499121.501444
4442Tantikul Tatitep00114.500

50 Baht minimum at Woodstock

Woodstock_smallWoodstock has made the not unreasonable request that everyone who comes to play chess buy at least one item from the menu – even if it is just a coffee. They charge us nothing, yet is costing them money to air-condition a room specially for us and provide a staff member.

If you order anything from the menu, even a bottle of water, there will be no additional charge. But if you order nothing, there will be a bill for 50 Baht from Woodstock. This starts in December 2009.

Thailand Championship

TCA has planned for FIDE Rating Tournament in November 2009 . Two weekends of Nov. 2009 , Swiss System 8 rounds ( 7-9 rounds ) ; Place ; a Hotel / Ratchaprarop Road ; Bangkok , not far from BTS station. Time control for each player = 90 Min + 30 Sec./ move ; Organizer ; TCA / Khun Sahapol with his supporting teams . Tentative name , Thailand Championship, we will finalize date and place as well as other details within / before 15 Oct. 2009

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Dates:  18, 19, 21, 22 November

Venue: Arnoma Hotel, Rajprarob Road, Bangkok (opposite Central World)

This is not an open tournament – Thai nationals and foreign chess players who are resident in Thailand are invited.

Kasparov and Karpov in new chess duel

kasparov-karpov-2009One of the greatest rivalries in the history of chess has resumed as Garry Kasparov takes on Anatoly Karpov in the Spanish city of Valencia. The 12-game rematch is taking place 25 years after the two chess legends first competed for the world title.

The event is being broadcast live on Valencia’s regional government website (, with organisers expecting millions of chess fans to tune in.

Kasparov, now aged 46, has been preparing for the clash by training in Norway with teenage prodigy Magnus Carlsen. Kasparov has described the match as “a ceremonial tournament”. Meanwhile, Karpov, 58, has been sparring with a computer and a group of grandmasters from a base on the Spanish coast. The Valencia tournament comes 25 years after the two grandmasters – then both representing the Soviet Union – squared off for the first time for the world crown.

Tamasart Cup

BCC woodpushers dominated the Tamasart Chess Cup 2009 held at Tamasart University Campus Rangsit.

Top seeded Henry “The Destroyer” Calacday flashed his old deadly form, led a 1-2-3 finish via tie break of 5.5 points against fellow BCC members Paul “The Bullet” Elauria and Manolo “ The Silent Assassin” Salamida. The 38 year old Henry Elo 2046 led the rest of the field on the first day with a perfect score of four after four rounds stumbled to Urs Hasler of Switzerland on the first game of the second day but was able to bounce back quickly after a convincing win against his compatriot Manolo then drew his last round with Paul, enough to claim the championship trophy with the highest tie break. Also an impressive display of performance was Paul who had a shocking defeat against fellow Filipino Dean Binoya on the first round then won his next five assignments and drew the last to claim the second place. Manolo kept hanging around with his position since the first few rounds and gave his final blow by trouncing Sawapop on the last round and went home as the third best player of the tournament.

Top seeded Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son wins the KL Open 2009

Kuala Lumpur Open 2009

Grandmaster Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son from Vietnam lived up to his top billing by winning the KL Open 2009 with an impressive 7.5 points from 9 games and RM 10,000.

In second place, half a point behind on 7 points, was Indonesian Grandmaster Susanto Megaranto whose victory over Grandmaster Dao Tien Hai of Vietnam to earn RM 5,000 almost made up for two disasters in earlier rounds against less fancied opponents.

And Uzbekistan Grandmaster Saidali Iuldachev proved be a comeback kid with a strong finish to score 6.5 points for sole third place and RM 3,000.

Read the full story by Peter Long