Thai chess competition in Korat

Demonstration Makruk Championship 2023

Date 21-22 Oct 2023 at The Mall Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima


  1. Type of competition
    Types of people who are foreigners.
  2. Qualifications of the contestants
    Foreigners must have a passport.
  3. Documents for application
    2 Copies of Passport Documents (to receive prizes)
  4. Registration
    Entry is free. Register before 19 Oct 2023 by emailing
  5. Competition rules and regulations
    5.1 Swiss system competition 6-7 rounds (depending on the number of competitors, forexample, 6 rounds in the case of not more than 80 people, 7 rounds in the case of more than 80 people) without having to record check points, but athletes can choose to record check points. Yes, board 1-4 have cameras recording and broadcasting throughout the race.
    5.2 The time of the competition is 30/20 minutes per side per round.
    5.3 Player need to write notation on the scoresheet.
    5.4 Use the Thai Chess Competition Rules of the Thai Sports Association under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty the King B.E. 2561
    5.5 The judges’ decision is final.
    5.6 Late Competitors more than 20 minutes after the competition in that round has begun and if the athlete who is late does not report to the committee When the competition in Round 1 is over, that athlete is immediately removed from the competition.
  6. Dress Code
    The contestants dressed in modest clothes, closed-toed shoes or sneakers (shorts and flipflops are strictly forbidden).
  7. Program:
    Saturday 21 Oct 2023 (Day 1)

    Registration 08.30 – 09.30.
    Round 1: 10.00 – 12.00
    Round 2: 13.00 – 15.00
    Round 3: 15.30 – 17.30
    Sunday 22 Oct 2023 (Day 2)
    Round 4: 09.00 – 11.00
    Round 5: 12.00 – 14.00
    Round 6: 14.30 – 16.30
    Award ceremony
  8. Tiebreak
    Tie breaks are used to determine the result of a match only when the competitors have equal scores. in the order of the tie-break as follows
    8.1 The result of the match between the parties in the event that the main points are equal. (Head-to-Head)
    8.2 Number of wins
    8.3 Sonneborn-Berger
    8.4 Buchholz cut 1
    8.5 Play-offs
  9. Prize Fund
    The prize money for organizing the International General Public Chess Tournament is as follows:
    – The first prize in the amount of 10,000 baht with a trophy from the Thai Sports Association
    – 1st runner-up prize 5,000 baht with a trophy from the Thai Sports Association
    – 2nd runner-up prize 4,000 baht with a trophy from the Thai Sports Association
    – 3rd runner-up prize 3,000 baht with a trophy from the Thai Sports Association
    – 4th runner-up prize 2,000 baht
    – 5th runner-up prize 1,500 baht
    – 6th runner-up prize 1,000 baht
    – 7th-16th runner-up prize 500 baht


  • This tournament is a Swiss paring system and is certified as a national level tournament. country by sports association Thai Sports Authority of Thailand under Royal Patronage
  • Arrive to register 30 minutes before the start time.
  • All contestants receive certificates.

Chess themed Thai dance show at the closing ceremony of the 20th BCC Open

Courtesy of TCEB (Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau), Srisook Dance Theatre performed a beautiful northern Thai dance show with a chess theme.

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) continues to shape the business events industry of Thailand with exceptional acumen and effective solutions. With a robust service support system and innovative approaches to co-create distinctive programs for the organisers, TCEB is redefining the MICE landscape to maintain Thailand’s impact as a top Asian business destination.

Established by Royal Decree in 2002, the government agency is tasked with promoting and developing the business tourism sector in Thailand. Since 2004, TCEB has successfully established the country as Asia’s largest business events hub, by providing amenable service support for MICE programs.

Elephant Parade

The elephant is the symbol of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s northern capital. We have partnered with the amazing organisation Elephant Parade which was set up to help the plight of Thailand’s elephants after an exploding land mine maimed a baby elephant.

Mosha’s story

Mosha was just 7 months old when she suffered a landmine injury whilst walking near the Burmese border. This severe injury led to the loss of her leg under her knee which, unfortunately, puts extreme strain on the other three limbs and her spine as she continues to grow.


With the help of the prosthetic leg, she is able to walk, but requires a new mould every year that she grows. Elephants grow every year up to 20 years of age. These new fittings are a large effort and expense as they require continued pioneering in a new area of elephant and veterinary medicine.

Elephant Parade Land – the complete experience


Elephant Parade has opened the gates of Elephant Parade Land to the public. Guests can visit their museum, movie room and library, enjoy a behind the scenes tour of our production studio and see the garden filled with colourful life-size baby elephant statues.

They want to tell the story of Elephant Parade’s 10+ year existence, share their mission to protect the endangered Asian elephant and the conservation projects that they support.

It is an excellent option for an outing away from chess.

Check out their website at

Announcing the 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open in October 2022


Dear Friends of Bangkok Chess Club,

We are excited to announce our long-awaited anniversary tournament – 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open – to be held between 22-30 October 2022 at the ‘northern capital of Thailand’ Chiang Mai, at the beautiful, 5-star Shangri-La Chiang Mai Hotel

Chiang Mai is a charming city – you could spend your whole vacation just exploring the famous city center, where the remains of ancient walls encircle over 30 temples, and if you are feeling more adventurous, the nearby mountains are also very beautiful.

Our 20th Anniversary tournament will see some small changes to our earlier format, so please read the tournament regulations carefully:

  • Challenger tournament will be 9 rounds instead of 7 rounds previously;
  • Open tournament is intended for over 1600 FIDE rating only, but lower or unrated players can join with a higher entry fee;
  • Players can choose to take a one round bye with half point awarded (rounds 2-7 only).
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It is great to see that travelling and over-the-board chess are slowly returning to normality. We will follow all health and travel related regulations from the Thai government and local Chiang Mai authorities. You can find updated Thailand entry regulations for foreign arrivals from, or check the entry requirements from the website of the nearest Thai Embassy.

Please book the dates on your calendar!

See you soon in Thailand!

BCC Team

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Tournament is financially supported by FIDE Open Aid Project