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, Paco Vallejo, 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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