19th BCC Open – Regulations

Tournament Regulations

  1. This is an individual tournament, open to all players with FIDE ID number. If you do not have Fide ID number, please contact your country’s Rating Officer.
  2. There are two groups of play: Open category for all players, and Challenger category for players rated below 2100 or unrated (ratings based on April 2019 FIDE rating list – national ratings will be validated by the organizer). When registering, players must indicate in which group they wish to play.
  3. FIDE (International Chess Federation) rules and regulations shall apply. Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations and are eligible for FIDE title norms.
  4. Both groups will be played using the Swiss System, with 9 rounds for Open and 7 rounds for Challenger. For the pairings, a Swiss Manager program will be used.
  5. The matches shall be conducted according to the schedule, which will be made known to the respective players before the start of the tournament.
  6. Each player is accorded with a time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30min for the rest of the game. In addition there is 30 seconds increment per move, starting from the move 1.
  7. Five minutes before the games start, the Chief Arbiter shall make the announcement accordingly. If any player is not present within an hour after the game is started, he shall lose by default.
  8. Players are not allowed to bring mobile phones or other electronic devices to the tournament hall, any violation shall result in loss of game. Organizer will provide deposit point outside playing hall, where player can leave their mobile devices at their own risk.
  9. Officials and players should be smartly attired at all times while in the playing hall. 

Tournament Programme – Open

19th BCC Open Start Time Activity
Saturday 6 April 12.00






Registration Closed



Player list shown at the hall entrance

Welcome & announcements

Round 1

Sunday, 7 April 14:00–19:00 Round 2
Monday, 8 April 15:00–20:00 Round 3
Tuesday, 9 April 11:00–16:00 Round 4
Wednesday, 10 April 11:00–16:00 Round 5
Thursday, 11 April 14:00–19:00 Round 6
Friday, 12 April 14:00–19:00 Round 7
Saturday, 13 April 14:00–19:00 Round 8
Sunday, 14 April




Round 9 (final round)
Closing Ceremony

Tournament Programme – Challenger

19th BCC Open Start Time Activity
Monday, 8 April 12.00






Registration Closed



Player list shown at the hall entrance

Welcome & announcements

Round 1

Tuesday, 9 April 11:00–16:00 Round 2
Wednesday, 10 April 11:00–16:00 Round 3
Thursday, 11 April 14:00–19:00 Round 4
Friday, 12 April 14:00–19:00 Round 5
Saturday, 13 April 14:00–19:00 Round 6
Sunday, 14 April




Round 7 (final round)
Closing Ceremony

Tournament Programme – Blitz

19th BCC Blitz Start Time Activity
Tuesday, 9 April








Registration closed



5-8 Qualifier groups (10-14 players each)

Wednesday, 10 April 18:00–20:30 Blitz Final

*Entry fee for the Open Blitz Tournament is 200 Baht (GMs free).
1st Prize 50%, 2nd 30% and 3rd 20% of total prize fund (= total entry fees for Open Blitz Tournament)


  • Open Group: 1st prize 100,000 Baht, with additional prizes for 2-10 ranks and 5 best Thai players
  • Challenger: 1st prize 20,000 Baht, with additional prizes for 2-5 ranks
  • Certificates for 3 Best Juniors and Best Lady Player in both categories

Please note: under Thai law, 5% tax must be deducted from prize money. All prizes are in Thai Baht.


  • Chief Arbiter: IA Markku Kosonen (Finland)
  • Deputy Chief Arbiter: IA Maung Maung Lwin (Open) and IA Panupand Vijjuprabha (Challenger)

In the event of dispute the Chief Arbiter’s decision is final


The tournament will be held in a 5-star Centara Grand Hotel at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok


Players are required to budget for their own board and lodgings, as well as transportation needs. Special room rates have been negotiated at the 5-star Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok:

  • Deluxe Room only, Single/Twin: 2,950 Baht nett / room / night
  • Deluxe Room w breakfast, Single: 3,300 Baht nett / room / night
  • Deluxe Room w breakfast, Twin: 3,600 Baht nett / room / night
  • Reservations

Inclusive of service charge, VAT and complimentary in-room internet. 

Entry Fees

  • Open: 4,000 Baht. Early Bird registration before March 6, 2019
    (late registration is 4,500 Baht)
  • Challenger: 3,000 Baht. Early Bird registration before March 6, 2019
    (late registration is 3,500 Baht)

All tournament fees must be paid before the start of the first round.
Entry fees are nonrefundable after March 5, 2019. 

QuickPay with 2C2P

After you have registered, you can complete the process by clicking on the appropriate link below for the Early Bird rates. This will be available until March 6, 2019. Please write the name of the competitor in the “Message to Merchant” field.

This is for one competitor each time. If you would like to pay for more than one competitor in a single transaction, please send an email to info@bangkokchess.com, and we will provide you with a special link.


Please complete the registration form. The organizer will confirm your registration by e-mail (if you do not get a reply within a week, please send a reminder). Deadline for early bird registration is March 6, 2019. After this date the normal registration charge will apply, and registrations may be declined.

Conditions for Titled Players

Tournament fees are waived for GMs, WGMs, IMs, WIMs and 2500+ rated players (according official FIDE April 2017 rating list). Complimentary accommodation is available for the first 15 Grandmasters to register (room & breakfast in twin sharing with another GM for 10 nights). Complimentary room reservation is confirmed after organizer has received:

  • online registration form
  • deposit transfer of 2,000 Baht (approximately €52. Deposits will be fully returned after check-in).

Please contact the organizer for inquiries: email: bangkokchessclub@gmail.com

Other information

  • Tournament results and pairings will be updated daily at www.chess-results.com
  • Approximate exchange rate: US $1 = 36 Baht; €1 = 38 Baht; £1 = 43 Baht (Correct at time of publishing. Rates may vary.)