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

Tournament regulations | Tournament registration form | Entry fees | Registered participants

Tournament is financially supported by FIDE Open Aid Project

20th BCC Open Postponed

Dear Chess Friends,

Due to the evolving dynamics of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and after much discussion, the 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open will be postponed. The safety and well-being of our club members, chess players and colleagues is of paramount importance. Many players will be travelling internationally, so we are also concerned that there may be disruption in flights and issues with quarantine. 

With this in mind, our plan is to reschedule the tournament for six month’s time, in October 2020, by which time we trust the pandemic will have ended.

For those players that have already paid, you have the option to transfer the registration fee to the rescheduled tournament or receive a full refund.

We will be contact every registered player by email, continue to provide updates as information becomes available, and ask for your understanding at this difficult time. 

And we are looking forward to seeing you in Thailand soon.

Kai Tuorila,
Bangkok Chess Club

Players From More Than 30 Countries Registered For 20th BCC Open

20th BCC Open

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BCC Challenger

Last updated Sept 3
15600197CMCilia VincentiDavidMLT1909
625011901WaghelaDhairya PankajIND1705
71477013OsterhusOmar TorbjornDEN1540
85230306CuizonRichily EvansPHI1511
135795672Muhamad RidzuanAriessa RihanaMAS1386
155217075CalacdayJames HenryPHI1375
185734967Muhamad RidzuanAriel RedzaMAS1274
215233240ArtiedaVic MichaelPHI0
2233378460Darshan MandrekarIND0
2316304497IngsAndrew StephenTPE0
2425604422Shivaraj N KatnurIND0
265266785VillarosaElizer IIIPHI0
275834740YapBo Yan GlennSGN0

Add your name to the list today!

  • Tournament regulations: here
  • Registration: here
  • Entry fees: here

2020 BCC Championship

This is an individual tournament and FIDE (International Chess Federation) rules and regulations shall apply.


27.12.19 – 23.02.20 A- and B-Finals
Players will be divided to A and B finals. First priority is given for club’s regular players and after that according their ratings, with max. 10 players in each group. The winner of 2019 B-final will qualify directly to A-Final in 2020.

Time Control & Schedule

Each player is accorded with a time of 90 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. At least 1 round per week should be played in Arbiter controlled environment.

The opponents must be played according paring table rounds order (if that opponent is not available, another available opponent can be played). The players must agree time and place for the games with their opponents directly.

Two signed score sheets must be returned to the Organizer. For A-final Championship t/b games (rapid and blitz) will be played. For other positions t/b is as follows: 1. Game between the players, 2. Sonneborn-Berger.


Games can be played on:

  • Friday evenings at the 2nd floor of O’Shea Irish Pub
  • Big Rook Chess Academy on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Red Knight Chess School on Saturdays (10am), Sundays (2pm)

If players intend to play in other time/location, approval from the supervising Arbiter must be gotten beforehand.

Entrance Fee

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


Winners of A and B finals will get free entry to 20th BCC Open in April. 2nd and 3rd place on both finals will get entry fee returned to them.


All results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations, if at least 4 Fide rated players/group will participate.Registrations: Registrations can be done during BCC club evenings.


Chief Arbiter is IA Panupand Vijjuprabha. Other arbiters will be nominated as necessary.

Group A final

1Paul Batchis1733XXX--0---0.5---
2Henry Calacday1806-XXX--0------
3Shin Jingjang1782--XXX----0---
4Peter Darby18851--XXX---0-0-
5Chawit Asavasaetakul1799-1--XXX----1-
6Kavin Nattavutthisit1895-----XXX---0-
7Jony Habla2098------XXX--1-
8Jeremy Nodon17360.5-11---XXX-1-
9Kai Tuorila1908--------XXX--
10Roger Hoffmann1957---10100-XXX-

Pairings table

1st Round1:102:93:84:75:6
2nd Round10:67:58:49:31:2
3rd Round2:103:14:95:86:7
4th Round10:78:69:51:42:3
5th Round3:104:25:16:97:8
6th Round10:89:71:62:53:4
7th Round4:105:36:27:18:9
8th Round10:91:82:73:64:5
9th Round5:106:47:38:29:1

Six former Champions coming to Bangkok

The 20th Bangkok Chess Club Open will be headlined by six former Champions, including 3-time champions GM Nigel Short and GM Rogelio Antonio. We are also welcoming back GM Tejas Bakre (1st BCC Open), GM David Smerdon (7th BCC Open), GM Sune Berg Hansen (10th BCC Open) and GM Francesco Vallejo Pons (14th BCC Open) the rating favourite at 2704 ELO.

The 20th BCC Open will take place at the luxurious Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, 11–19 April, 2020.

Changes to the format in this year’s tournament mean that there will be no unrated players in the Open Championship, and a minimum ELO of 1600 – so there should be a greater chance of attaining title norms.

Maximum rating in the Challengers is now 2000 ELO, and it is of course open to players who have not yet achieved a FIDE rating (but you must have a FIDE number).

How do you rate your chances against this stellar field? Register today and find out!

  • Tournament regulations: here
  • Registration: here
  • Entry fee payment: here