Final round – All good things…

The 21st edition of the Bangkok Chess Club Open has concluded with the victory of the top seed, Ukrainian Grandmaster Vitaliy Bernadskiy, who capped his stay in Hua Hin with a solid performance featuring six wins and three draws.  

He is joined on 7,5/9 by fellow GM Mitrabha, who successfully repelled a vicious, if unsound, attack from young FM Manon.  The player from Bangladesh will find solace knowing that his fine performance is crowned by an IM norm as well as the top spot in the junior category.  Another IM norm goes to untitled Chinese player Cao, who lost steam in the final three rounds after an astounding initial week, which saw him fight consistently on the top boards.  

With 5.5/9, James Constance of the UK and Guy West from Australia top the ranking of the Senior category, while the Ladies’ awards are split in a three-way tie between Eesha Karavade, Pattnaik Sherali (both from India) and Mongolian GM Altman-Ulzii Enkhtuul.

The Challenger tournament was won outright by Lorenzo Cantela with 7,5/9 ahead of a quartet on 7 points.  Of note is the fact that five of the top six finishers hail from the Philippines.  

This concludes our coverage of this year’s Bangkok Chess Club Open Tournament at the Sheraton Spa and Resort in Hua Hin.  We hope to see you all in Thailand at our next event.  Bye for now!

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