Assumption Team Chess Championship 2010

All are invited to join the Assumption Team Chess Championship 2010 to be held at the Shinawatra University, Lard Lum Khaew, Pathum Thani, during 15th-18th October 2010 [See map attached].  Free lodgings (3 beds per 1 room) are provided for the entire 25 min. + 10 sec. rapid-game tournament of 3/4-member/team.  No entry fee.  Prizes are beautiful trophy +  medal for the winner and medals for the first and the second runner-ups.  Kindly send your confirmation and/or application form by email to Khun Poompat Sivara at or to Khun Panupand at  Anyone who wishes to play but cannot yet find his/her team members are advised to contact Khun Poompat or Khun Panupand for further assistance in this regard.  There will be a minibus service at the cost of Baht 50.00 per trip per person from the Vipavadee Campus to the Shinawatra University at 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00 and 20.00 hours on Friday 15th October 2010.

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.