Van Wely Takes Sole Lead in Bangkok Chess

7-time Dutch Champion Loek van Wely has become the sole leader of the Bangkok Chess Club Open, the strongest tournament ever held in Thailand.

On Wednesday – the first day of Thailand’s famous Songkran Festival – the 43-year-old father-to-be secured his fifth win in five games by outplaying India’s prodigious 17-year-old Grandmaster Narayanan Sunilduth.

Van Wely, a keen cyclist, moved ahead of the peleton because top seeded Spaniard Paco Vallejo was held to a draw by van Wely’s compatriot Benjamin Bok in a less-than-riveting 15 move encounter.

Vallejo and Bok join a pack of five players just half a point behind van Wely, including fellow Grandmasters Jan Gustafsson and Dhopade Swapnil as well as little-known Chinese giant-killer Nie Xinyang. 15-year-old Nie, who had defeated Grandmaster Gerhard Schebler in the previous round, continued his good form with a convincing win over Australian 13th seed Anton Smirnov.

Thai hopes were riding on the shoulders of Boonsueb Saeheng but the Bangkok veteran saw his title hopes dented when he erred badly against another veteran, former world title challenger Nigel Short.

Over 300 players from more than 40 countries are competing in the Bangkok Open and Challengers tournaments, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

Round 6 of the Bangkok CC Open begins on Thursday at 2pm at the Dusit Thani Hotel and offers free entry to spectators.
The competition concludes on April 17.

Press Office,
16th Bangkok Chess Club Open

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Chess Club Silent this Friday

Since we are all busy with the biggest tournament we have ever hosted, and the Songkran celebrations will make getting to the Queen Victoria a nightmare, the regular meeting of the Bangkok Chess Club will not be happening this Friday (15th April).

Four Grandmasters Lead Bangkok Chess after Double Dutch Success

Four Grandmasters have broken away from the pack after Tuesday’s fourth round of the 16th Bangkok Chess Club Open, South-East Asia’s premier tournament of 2016.

Top seed, Spanish Grandmaster Paco Vallejo, was made to work hard by 13-year-old US talent Awonder Liang. Vallejo appeared to take the battle with the youngster lightly, arriving late for the game but Liang played with a concentration beyond his years. The game was headed for a draw until the teenager made a single fatal error on the 52nd move.

The two Dutch Grandmasters, Loek van Wely and Benjamin Bok, joined Vallejo in the lead as did brilliant Indian 17-year-old Narayanan Sunilduth.

Veteran Loek van Wely ended the winning run of Malaysia’s Yeoh Li Tian while Bok gave India’s Sharma Himanshu no chance. Sunilduth looked to have a tough time against Norways’ Kjetil Stokke but great technique by the Indian turned the tables with surprising speed.

The hopes of Thai fans rest with Boonsueb Saeheng who followed his draw with Greek Grandmaster Stelios Halkias by defeating Filipino Michael Ocido to sit just half a point from the tournament lead.

325 players from 43 countries are competing in the Bangkok Open tournament, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

Round 5 of the Bangkok CC Open begins on Wednesday at 2pm at the Dusit Thani Hotel and offers free entry to spectators.
The competition concludes on April 17.

Press Office,
16th Bangkok Chess Club Open

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11 Masters Lead at BCC Open

11 players are tied for the lead after Monday’s third round of the Bangkok Chess Club Open, South-East Asia’s strongest tournament of 2016, but defending BCC Open Champion Nigel Short is not one of them.

English Grandmaster Short’s title hopes are in tatters after the third round when he was beaten on the counter-attack by previously unheralded Vietnamese 21-year-old Hoang Son Dang.

FIDE Master Dang now joins 6 Grandmasters and 3 International Masters, along with one other FIDE Master, as co-leaders. The leaders include 2014 BCC Open Champion Paco Vallejo – who has already needed 215 moves to win 3 marathon games – and US rising star Awonder Liang, 13.

Monday was the tournament’s first and only day with two rounds for the 325 players from 43 countries who are competing in the 16th Bangkok Open tournament, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

The third round was also a great one for local hope Boonsueb Saeheng, one of only two Thai players who shared the lead with a perfect score after the second round. In his third game Saeheng was under extreme pressure playing against Greek Grandmaster Stelios Halkias but hung tough to draw and stay within striking distance of the tournament lead.

Halkias and Short were not the only top seeds to falter in the third round. German Jan Gustafsson, the 2011 Bangkok CC Open Champion, was well held by India’s 13-year-old rising star Kalyan Arjun.

The sensation of the second round played earlier on Monday was the loss by English Grandmaster Stephen Gordon to Indonesian 25-year-old Jenius Hakiki. In a position where he was the only player pushing for a win, Gordon lost on time, just one move before the time control.

“I just forgot about my clock,” admitted Gordon. “I had 45 seconds on the clock and then when I looked again it had all gone. It has never happened to me before and I hope never again.”

Round 4 of the Bangkok CC Open begins on Tuesday at 2pm at the Dusit Thani Hotel and offers free entry to spectators.
The competition concludes on April 17.

Press Office,
16th Bangkok Chess Club Open

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13 Malaysian Chess Festival 2016

The 13th Malaysian Chess Festival will be taking place 9-18 September 2016

  • Astro Merdeka Open Rapid Team Chess Championship 2016
  • 1st Datin Yee Wai Fong Merdeka Junior Team Chess Championship 2016
  • 7th Swensen’s Age-Group Chess Championship 2016
  • 13th Igb Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship
  • 7th Igb Seniors Open Chess Championship
  • 11th Malaysia Chess Challenge
  • Merdeka Blitz Chess Championship
  • Malaysia Festival Blitz Chess Championship

16th BCC Open Off to a Record Start

A record 324 players from more than 40 countries are competing in the 16th Bangkok CC Open tournament – Thailand and South-East Asia’s strongest tournament of the year to date – being held in the heart of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.

English Grandmaster Nigel Short, the winner of last year’s tournament, has returned to defend his title but he is seeded only second behind Spanish Grandmaster Francisco ‘Paco’ Vallejo Pons. Many other top players from around the world, including a total of 17 Grandmasters are ready to fight these two for first place.

The first round saw no upsets at the top boards where Short, Surya Ganguly and Ildar Khairullin with the white pieces, and Vallejo, Loek van Wely and Jan Gustafsson, with black won their games against lower rated opposition.

Vallejo, however, had to fight for five hours to overcome Kim Yew Chan, the Malaysian youngster holding firm for much of the game and missing a brilliant drawing opportunity on move 54.

Short, his brain hard-wired differently, beat New Zealand’s top female player, astro-physicist Helen Milligan, Short eventually converting a rook endgame.

The upset of the day was achieved by local veteran Poompat Sivara  who drew easily with Indian Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte. Belying the huge differential in world rankings, Kunte was in trouble almost from the start and was lucky that Sivara chose to repeat moves and take a draw when victory was close at hand.

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