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GM Nigel Short has confirmed his participation in the 10th Thailand Open 2010, no doubt planning to avoid too many draws and get his name on the trophy this time. He will also have noted that, with the new format, the important games will be played at one per day, allowing more time for preparation and hangover recovery.
Congratulations to Henry Calacday, who sealed his place at No. 1 with a fine victory with black over Kai. Kai started with his trademark b3 and Ba3, but after sacrificing (losing?) two pawns Henry had better development and a strong attack.
Will Henry’s rating go up so much that he will be ineligible for the Challenger Tournament in April?
Jon is second placed. Full results to follow.
UPDATE: Registration now open: click here.
Next year’s Thailand Open will be our 10th international tournament, with main sponsorship from The Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Thailand Chess Association.
The dates are confirmed as 14-20 April 2010 for the Open Tournament, over the Songkran holiday period. The Challenger Tournament will begin a day later on the 15th.
Our new format allows for better preparation: while the first 4 rounds will be played in two days, the next 5 rounds are just one per day, starting in the afternoon.