Olympiad team returns home tired but successful

The 2014 Olympiad will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Tromsö, Norway

The returning Olympiad team were met yesterday at Suvarnabhumi airport by International Arbiter Panupand V. and others, who reported the players were tired but happy.

The Olympiad 2012 will be held in Ankara, Turkey and, it has been announced, 2014 will be inside the arctic circle in Tromsö, Norway – where the sun never sets (at least in July)!

Chess4thai Youth Tournament

Thai under 18 youth in action
The under-18 and under-16 groups competed together

A very well organised tournament, featuring 67 Thai and international children aged 10-17, concluded successfully on Sunday. Grandmaster Gerhard Schebler was on hand to award the prizes.

The largest group was the under-12s (36 players), showing immense powers of concentration and generally good discipline. This bodes very well for chess in Thailand.

Although there were typically few girls competing, Worasuda Atthaworadej was outstanding in the under-12 group finishing second with an unbeaten 4.5/5.

GM Gerhard Schebler with the 4 group champions
17 year-old Ruja with her third-place certificate

In the under-18s, Thanadon Kulpruethanon produced some excellent chess, winning all his games. Also playing well was the 17 year old Thai girl, Ruja Pichayarom, finishing in third place with 3.5/5.

Congratulations to FM Jirapak, the tournament organiser, Thai-Nichi College for providing the venue, and Chess4thai for sponsorship.

3rd Day of 8th BCC FIDE Rated Chess Tournament

After the 3rd day and sixth exciting rounds of the 8th BCC FIDE Rated Chess Tournament, Thai junior chess player who went to Philippines to commpete and represent Thailand in CHESS Asian age group tournament was leading and needs only to draw his final round against 13 years Thai boy ( Suvich Tachaplalert; who is also performing very well) to win the championship trophy.  Poompong Witanadate who landed 2nd place of last year 7th BCC Rating Tournament had 5 points out of possible 6 points with 4 wins and 2 draws. He is still unbeaten and looks so strong going to the final round.

Suvich Tacaplalert with his age of 13 is showing a real and great talent in chess.  Among of the 8 participants in this round robin tournament, he was the only one who won over the two highest rated in this tournament. We still need to see on Friday if he can defeat the unbeaten player on this tournament.

The standings after 6th rounds

1. Poompong Witanadate    4 wins    2 draws 0 loses  with a total points of 5

2. Thotsaporn                           4 wins   1 draws  1 loses  with a total points of 4.5

3. Michael Culasing                 3 wins   1 draw    2 loses  with a total of 3.5

4. Suvich Tachaplalert           3 wins   1 draw    2 loses with a total of 3.5

5. Eric Calacday                        2 wins  1 draw     3 loses with a total of 2.5

6. Alex Klemm                           2 wins  0 draw   4 loses   with atotal of 2

7. Benoni Wabe                          2 wins  0 draw   4 loses with a total of 2

8. Pricha                                       1 win     0 draw    5 loses  with atotal of 1