GM Class Shows in 5th Round of the BCC Open

On top board in round five of the Bangkok Chess Club Open Championships held at the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort from 13-21 April 2018, Germany’s Jan Gustafsson had an easy draw with the black pieces against Argentine’s Diego Flores who only a week earlier had won the Dubai Open Chess Championships.

Top seeded Armenian Hrant Melkumyan showed his class with his win over Argentine Leandro Krysa to join Gustafsson and Flores on 4.5/5, as did Australia’s Anton Smirnov, Vietnam’s Tran Tuan Minh, India’s Deepan Chakkravarthy J. and Indonesia’s Novendra Priasmoro after wins against highly regarded young International Masters.

Smirnov was simply too strong for Indonesia’s Irene Sukandar, Tran very convincing against young talented countryman Nguyen Anh Khoi, while Deepan simply crushed Tran Ming Trang and the lone IM in the leader group, Novendra, ended the run of Mongolian WGM Enthuul Altan-Ulzii.

Lurking behind on 4/5 and very much all in contention, are Krysa, Australia’s Moulthon Ly, India’s Gukesh D, Vatsal Singhania, Panda Sambit and Manish Anto Christiano F, China’s Nie Xinyang, Peng Xiongjian and Zhu Yi, Singapore’s Kevin Goh Wei Ming and Emmanuelle Hng, USA’s Timur Gareyev, and the Philippines’ Pascua Haridas.

Upsets and Lucky Escapes at the BCC Open

We are seeing big fights and therefore upsets and lucky escapes in as early as round three of the Bangkok Chess Club Open Championships being held at the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort from 13-21 April 2018.

The first surprise was when China’s Nie Xinyang won quickly against Uzbekistan GM Timur Gareyev who plays under the USA flag. A second but perhaps less sensational surprise was when Mongolian WGM Enkhtuul Altan-Ulzii beat GM Santiago Yago De Moura in a hard fought game where the outcome was never really in doubt. English defending champion GM Nigel Short also lost ground when his battle of the sexes with Mongolian IM/WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs ended in a draw.

Several other grandmasters continued to lose further ground after being held to second draws, results which left top seeded Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyam, German GM Jan Gustafsson, Argentine GMs Diego Flores and Leandro Krysa, Indian GM Depan Chakkravarthy and Australian GM Moulthun Ly sitting on top of the leaderboard. Joining them on 3/3 are Vietnam IM Nguyen Anh Khoi, Indian IM Raghusandan Kaumandur Sirhari, China’s Peng Xiongjian, FM Zhu Yi and Nie Xinyang.

It is of course very early days yet with just one third of the tournament concluded but it is guaranteed that the fourth round tomorrow will bring more excitement.

Few surprises in the first round at the BCC Open

It was a typical first round of an open tournament at the 18th Bangkok Chess Club Open Championships being held at the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort from 13-21 April 2018.

All the leading contenders went through relatively comfortably with perhaps third seeded Jan Gustafsson making his task the most difficult.

There is a difference between strong grandmasters knowing how to win tournaments and the experienced amateurs and even the up and coming young talents, and in the end, even when playing well within themselves, their class showed.

We’re Off

The 18th Bangkok Chess Club Open Championships is now underway with nearly 200 players from 37 countries.

With 39 entries, India has the largest number of participants and there are a total of 66 titled players including 15 grandmasters, 4 woman grandmasters, 12 international masters and 3 woman international masters.

Top seeded is first time Armenia’s Hrant Melkumyan and the second seed is defending and three time champion Nigel Short from England.

German Jan Gustafsson is now a regular and this is one of the few tournaments the popular third seed plays each year and the fourth seeded and remaining 2600 GM present is Argentine Diego Flores.

Blindfold King Timur Gareyev who plays for the USA is the fifth seed.

The Asian challenge is young and led by Australia’s Anton Smirnov, Vietnam’s Tran Tuan Minh and Iran’s Shahi Lorparizangeneh while IMs Karthikeyan P from indian and Kevin Goh Wei Ming from Singapore are looking to complete their GM title requirements.