Centara Grand – a New Partner for 2019

We are delighted to announce that the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open Chess Championships will take place 6–14 April 2019 at the Centara Grand Ladprao.

Centara Grand is a luxury hotel close to Chatuchak Park and the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, easily accessible by Skytrain and MRT. Here’s what they say on their website:

Bangkok is one of the intriguing cities of Asia; a place of glittering temples, a diverse cultural heritage, a majestic river, a myriad of exquisite dining opportunities and fabulous shopping options, and an energy that makes everything possible 24 hours a day. Located on the northern side of Bangkok, within the Ladprao business district and moments away from Chatuchak Park, the hotel is one of the city’s timeless landmarks.

Fully renovated to a modern and inviting style and re-opened in 2012, Thailand’s very first integrated five-star hotel and shopping destination has a reputation for attentive service, sublime dining and modern accommodations.

Integral to the hotel is the Bangkok Convention Centre Hall and the Central Plaza shopping and lifestyle complex, together offering all that is needed for guests staying in Bangkok on leisure or business. The hotel features extensive meetings and events facilities spanning over 10,000 square metres and complementing those of the adjacent 2,506-square-metre Bangkok Convention Centre Hall which can accommodate up to 3,800 persons in cocktail style and is serviced by separate kitchens. The hotel’s elegant, pillar-less Vibhavadee Ballroom can serve 2,000 for a reception, dazzling wedding party or product launch; and there also is a collection of 17 fully-equipped suites and boardrooms. 

Tournament details here. For more information on the hotel, please visit their website.

You can register already by completing this form.

Peter Frost’s BCC Open – an Australian Perspective

The Bangkok Chess Club’s annual open tournament has become a fixture on the international chess circuit and attracts people from all corners of the globe at all levels from amateur to 2700+ rated grandmaster and is popular with Australians as one of the best open tournaments in Asia.

By Peter Frost
Photos: Bangkok Chess Club

The 18th edition of the Bangkok Chess Club Open saw 276 players from 37 countries gather at the Regent Resort on the Cha Am foreshore in Thailand from 13-21 April.

Australia was well represented with 12 players in the main Open tournament including grandmasters Anton Smirnov and Moulthun Ly (seeded 6th and 12th respectively) and Read More

Indonesian FM Novendra Priasmoro upsets the top seed at the 18th BCC Open

Indonesian FM and IM Elect Novendra Priasmoro upset top seeded Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan to take sole leadership in Round Seven action at the Bangkok Chess Club Open Championships being held at the Regent Cha Am Beach Resort from 13-21 April 2018.

Earlier, co-leader Australian GM Anton Smirnov had agreed a short draw with USA’s GM Timur Gareyev.
With that, Novendra is on 6.5/7 and Smirnov together with Indian GM Deepan Chakkravarthy who beat Chinese FM Zhu Yi, is in shared second and third places on 6/7,

Still with a chance in a large chasing pack on 5.5/7 with two rounds to go are Melkumyan, Gareyev, Argentine GM Diego Flores, Singapore IM Kevin Goh Wei Ming, English GM Nigel Short, Indian GMs Swapnil S Dopade and Neelopol Das, IM Gukesh D, Vietnamese IM Nguyen Anh Khoi, and Filipino IM Haridas Pascua.

With his third successive win, including today’s result against Vietnamese IM Tran Minh Trang, defending champion Short has hauled himself back into contention after his loss on time against Gukesh who this round sensationally beat Argentine GM Leandro Krysa.

Full results and pairings are at: Chess-Results
Live game broadcasts are at www.chess24.com and on the Follow Chess App.

The defining moment of the 18th BCC Open?

Round six of the Bangkok Chess Club Open being played at the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort from 13-21 April 2018 might be the defining moment in tournament that has already it’s share of upsets!

On top board, top seeded Armenian GM Hrant Melkumyan turned back the challenge of the highly regarded Vietnamese GM Tran Minh Tuan, while the quietly impressive Australian GM Anton Smirnov won in no time at all after German GM Jan Gustafsson blundered in the opening.

Melkumyan and Smirnov are joined on 5.5/6 in in a tie for first to third places by Indonesian FM Novendra Prisamoro who again showed his quality in his quick win against Australian GM Ly Moulthun. The young Indonesia has long met the requirements for the International Master title and is expected to soon become his country’s next grandmaster.

India’s GM Deepan Chakkravarty J could not convert his pawn advantage against Argentina’s GM Diego Flores but USA’s GM Timur Gareyev had no trouble in takIng the full point against 2104 rated Indian Panda Sambit, results that left all three GM’s on 5/6.

Joining them in a tie from fourth to ninth place are winners on four points going into the round and they are Singapore IM Kevin Goh Wei Ming, Indonesian FM Pitra Andyka, and Indian Vatsal Singhania.