Next Generation Grandmasters Challenge at the BCC Open 2017

World Rapid Champion GM Vassily Ivanchuk, still a major force at 47.

Established top grandmasters can still win major tournaments, as GM Vassily Ivanchuk (pictured left) just demonstrated with great flair by winning the 2016 World Rapid Championships at the ripe old age of 47.

But this year at the 17th Bangkok Chess Club Open, former champions including GMs Nigel Short, Jan Gustafsson and Wang Hao will face a strong challenge from a contingent of hungry young grandmasters, barely in their twenties: Ma Gun, Falko Bindrich, Karen H. Grigoryan, Niclas Huschenbeth, S. Dhopade Swapnil and Wan Yunguo are all grandmasters born in the 1990s, while GM Diptayan Ghosh of India (ELO 2570) is still a teenager.

See if you can beat them at the BCC Open 2017, taking place at the Regent Cha-am Beach Resort, near the picturesque seaside town of Hua-hin, Thailand (register here). The tournament will run over 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. Players of all levels and ages are welcome.

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.

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17th BCC Open at the Regent Cha-am Beach Resort, Thailand

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 Thailand Chess Association has again given their backing, making this tournament the Thailand Open Chess Championships 2017.

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.

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Ganguly Wins 16th BCC Open

India’s Surya Ganguly is the 2016 Bangkok Chess Club Open Champion, having won one a tiebreaker by the narrowest of margins over Spain’s Paco Vallejo,

Thailand’s strongest-ever tournament was decided only after five hours play, when long-time leader Loek van Wely resigned for the first time in the tournament to a determined Ganguly, 33.

Ganguly’s tiebreak win made up for the heart-break of 2015 when he defeated leader Wang Hao in the final round only to see Nigel Short edge him out on a tiebreaker.

The final round of the Bangkok CC Open began early on Sunday morning at the Dusit Thani Hotel with five possible winners, all highly ranked Grandmasters. Benjamin Bok and Ildar Khairulin of Russia knew that only a win would be enough to have a chance for the title but Dutchman Bok could not break through Khairullin’s defences and the game was drawn, leaving the two players half a point away from first place.

Top seeded Vallejo was paired against English veteran Nigel Short, half a point behind the leaders. Short, who insisted on playing with the UK flag rather than the English flag, attacked early but Vallejo crashed through on the counter-attack to become the first player to reach 7.5 points. Then the Spaniard had a nervous wait to see if Ganguly or Bok could equal his score, and Ganguly managed to do so.

The tiebreaker went in Ganguly’s favour because his opponents had scored more points than Vallejo’s so he claimed the coveted BCC trophy for the first time. (The two players shared the first and second prizes of 100,000 and 70,000 Baht.)

The top Thai player for the tournament was Jirapak Pitirotjirathon who finished equal with Wisuwat Teerapabpaisit, Thanadon Kulpruethanon, Thoetsak Wongsawan and Jarunpol Sajjapornthep but had a superior tiebreak score.

A record 331 players from 43 countries competed in the Open, Challengers and Blitz tournaments, including 13 Grandmasters.

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Russian GM Ildar Khairullin Joins Leaders

Russian Grandmaster Ildar Khairullin defeated long-time leader Jan Gustafsson to reach the tie for first place after the penultimate round of the 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open, Thailand’s strongest-ever tournament.

Khairullin became one of the tournament’s five pace-setters after the top two boards in the eighth round ended in draws.

Spanish top seed Paco Vallejo missed a golden opportunity to take the tournament’s outright lead when he had Indian Grandmaster Surya Ganguly on the ropes, but Ganguly’s exceptional knowledge of technical rook endgames enabled him to scramble a draw.

The two Dutch Grandmasters at the top of the table, Loek van Wely and Benjamin Bok, had a less eventful game, seemingly exhausted from their earlier violent Thai chessboxing battle, won by van Wely with his battle cry of “If he dies, he dies!”.

So going into the final round, Vallejo, van Wely, Bok, Ganguly and Khairullin are all tied for first place on 6.5 points from a possible 8. Since the tournament title is decided on tiebreak, van Wely and Vallejo are best placed to take out the coveted Bangkok CC Open title, should they win the final round.

The race to become the best Thai player has also heated up, with Wisuwat Teerapabpaisit, Jirapak Pitirotjirathon and Thanadon Kulpruethanon all tied on 5 points.

325 players from 43 countries, including 13 Grandmasters, are competing in the Bangkok Open tournament, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel, with admission free for spectators. The final round of the Bangkok CC Open begins at 9am on Sunday.

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Grandmasters set for final sprint

With two rounds to play, five Grandmasters remain in contention for the 100,000 Baht first prize after Friday’s seventh round of the 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open, South-East Asia’s strongest tournament of 2016.

The tournament leaders Grandmasters Jan Gustafsson and Loek van Wely could not make any progress in their head-to-head encounter, leaving the door open for other to join the tournament lead on six points.

Spanish top seed Paco Vallejo made the most of his chances, demolishing Myanmar’s Wynn Zaw Htun with one of the most spectacular games ever played on Thai soil. After thinking for half an hour over his 18th move, Vallejo found a brilliant new plan, which involved sacrificing his knight and then his rook for a crushing attack. Wynn resigned on move 29 when defeat was inevitable.

Two more Grandmasters joined the tie at the top: Surya Ganguly positionally outplaying his Indian compatriot Sharma Himanshu, while Dutchman Benjamin Bok outlasted Indonesian FIDE Master Ervan Mohamad.

Boonsueb Saeheng moved to the top of the Thai leader board by defeating Germany’s Andre Kienitz but Saeheng remains a point and a half from the leading bunch and it is now clear that there will not be a local winner of Thaliand’s premier event.

In Thursday evening’s final of the Bangkok CC Blitz Championship, Indian Grandmaster Dhopade Swapnil defeated van Wely in a dramatic Armageddon playoff where, after a seesawing game the Dutch Grandmaster was winning on the board but lost on time.

325 players from 43 countries, including 13 Grandmasters, are competing in the Bangkok Open tournament, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

Round 8 of the Bangkok CC Open begins on Saturday at 2pm at the Dusit Thani Hotel. Admittance is free for spectators.
The competition concludes on April 17.

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