Brunei Campomanes Memorial Grandmaster Open 2012

Brunei Campomanes Memorial 2012The Brunei Chess Federation (BCF) is pleased to invite chess players from all federation to participate in the Brunei Campomanes Memorial Grandmaster Open 2012 from the 7th April 2012 (Arrival) to the 12th April 2012 (Departure). The organising committee for this tournament is the Brunei Chess Federation in collaboration with FIDE (World Chess Federation) and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Brunei Darussalam.

The tournament will be held at the Orchid Garden Hotel, Jalan Berakas, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.

The Prize Fund is 10,000 US Dollars. Entry fees are as follows:

  1. No registration fee for chess players with international titles GM, IM, WGM and WIM
  2. For chess players with ELO rating 2400-2499 — 50 US dollars,
  3. For chess players with ELO rating 2300-2399 — 75 US dollars,
  4. For chess players with ELO rating 2200-2299 — 100 US dollars,
  5. For chess players with a rating below 2200 and unrated players — 125 US dollars,
  6. 50% discount are provided for veterans above 50 and students U16.
  7. Entry fee for BCF members are 50 US dollars.

The deadline for registration is 24th March 2012. After this, a late registration penalty of 50% will be added. However, organizers reserve the right to refuse or decline late registrations.

Interested players can REGISTER into the tournament by contacting the BCF General Secretary, Mr Leong Voon Choon via email: or Tournament Director, Pg Abd Rahman PLW Yussof via email:


Special rates between the Brunei Chess Federation and specific hotels in Brunei Darussalam have been organized. Interested players can contact the organizers to acquire further details. Below are examples:

Tournament Format

  • The tournament will be played according to the Swiss System of 9 rounds.
  • Rate of play will be 90 minutes for the whole game + 30 seconds increment for every move played starting from the first move.
  • The latest rules and regulations of FIDE shall apply.

Download the full details here

BCC Open Press Conference

Hotel Manager Alex Willats shakes hands with Thailand Chess Association Prajuab Nimityongskul
Hotel Manager Alex Willats shakes hands with TCA President Prajuab Nimityongskul

A Press Conference was held at the Champagne Bar of the Dusit Thani Bangkok, presenting the BCC Open to the press. Speakers included representatives from organisers, sponsors and chess players; K. Prajuab, President of the Thailand Chess Association; Alex Willats, General Manager of the hotel; Kai Tuorila, Tournament Organiser and others.

You can download a copy of the press release here. For more information and pictures, please contact us through our web form here.

World Champion Hou Yifan confirms for BCC Open

Ladies World Chess Champion Grandmaster Hou Yifan

Ladies World Champion Grandmaster Hou Yifan has confirmed her participation in the 12th BCC Open tournament.

This is the first time for a reigning World Champion to play chess in Thailand, and is sure to create quite a stir here, and will be an inspiration for all juniors (GM Yifan is still only 17 years old) as well as lady players. Yifan has had an amazing run in the last year – as Leonard Barden wrote in the Guardian: “Hou Yifan’s astonishing result at Tradewise Gibraltar last week marks a highly significant break-through for women’s chess. China’s 17-year-old beat four elite grandmasters, outplayed the great tactician Alexei Shirov at his own game, and performed far above expectations.

There is no doubt that Hou is getting stronger, and she must surely be the favourite for the 12th BCC Open despite the participation of GM Nigel Short who defeated her in the playoff. It is excellent news for the BCC Open that GM Nigel Short and GM Hou Yifan,  joint winners of the strongest open tournament in history (Gibraltar), are confirmed for the tournament!

1st JCA Sunday Rating Tournament

A new tournament from Jirapak Chess Academy takes place on successive sundays at the academy in February and March. It should be the perfect way to warm up for the BCC Open in April. The format is 7 rounds swiss with a standard time control of 90 minutes plus 30s/move.

Chief Arbiter: IA Panupand Vijjuprabha

Location: Jirapak Chess Academy

Entry Fee for rated players: ฿1,250 / ฿1,000 (register before 19 February)
Entry Fee for unrated players: ฿1,500 / ฿1,250 (register before 19 February)

Prizes: 1st ฿3,000 / 2nd ฿2,000 / 3rd ฿1,000 plus trophies

26 February09:00 – 13:00 Round 1
14:00 – 18:00 Round 2
4 March09:00 – 13:00 Round 3
14:00 – 18:00 Round 4
11 March09:00 – 13:00 Round 5
14:00 – 18:00 Round 6
18 March09:00 – 13:00 Round 7
14:30 Closing Ceremony

Bangkok Chess Club Championship 2012

It’s more of a practice tournament really. Hundreds of blitz games is not ideal for a big international chess tournament!

This is an individual tournament and open to all players, and FIDE (International Chess Federation) rules and regulations shall apply.

Program23.12.11 – 21.02.12 A- and B-Finals

Players will be divided evenly to A and B finals according their ratings, with max. 10 players in each group. The winner of 2011 B-final will qualify directly to A-Final in 2012.

Time Control, Schedule, t/b: Each player is accorded with a time of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move. At least 1 round per week must be played in Arbiter controlled environment. Two signed score sheets must be returned to the Organizer. T/b will be used as follows: 1. Game between the players, 2. Sonneborn-Berger.

VenueGames can be played on Tuesdays at Roadhouse Bbq Restaurant or Fridays at Queen Victoria Pub & Restaurant, or during agreed Sundays at SIU Vibhavadi-Rangsit Campus Library.

Entrance Fee: The tournament fee for each player is Baht 500. Tournament fee can not be returned.

PrizesHalf of all entry fees will be included for the prize fund. The Winner of the final will get 50% of prize fund, 30% for the 2nd and 20% for the 3rd.

Ratings: All results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations, if at least 3 Fide rated players/group will participate. All games will be included for Thailand national chess ratings (telo).

Registrations: Registrations can be done during BCC club evenings. Registration is only complete after paying the entry fee, and submitting full name, birthday, email address and contact phone numbers to the organizer.

Organization: Chief Arbiter is IA Panupand Vijjuprabha and Assistant Arbiters K.Poompat Sivara and K.Bruce Bell. Tournament Director is Kai Tuorila.

 NameFIDE1234567  Total
1Eric Calacday1924XX
2Kai Tuorila2131XX
3Peter Darby1912XX
4Poompong Wiwatanadate2052XX
5Henry Calacday1989XX
6Ric Portugalera2177XX
7Noelito Parami1764XX
8Kamel Maouel1865XX
9Michael Culasing1840XX
1Ryan CalacdayXX
2Jeremy FugalXX
3Akshaj BalasubramanianXX
4Nathan Hall1651XX
5Taksh Shah1536XX
6Pricha Srivatanakul1746XX
7Worawong PattanawongXX
8Etash ShahXX
9Prakarn KlubwongXX
10William Campi1769XX