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Bangkok 2018: Paradise on Earth!

by Peter Long - 14/04/2018

It is one of the strongest open tournaments in the world. The 18th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2018 got underway from 13th of April with 15 GMs and 12 IMs. It doesn't come as a surprise that India has the highest number of participants (40), even more than the host country Thailand which has just 23 players. Some of the world class players are here including Hrant Melkumyan, Nigel Short, Jan Gustaffson. Malaysia's Peter Long is present at the venue and he brings us the round one report with some beautiful photos. Truly, the tournament is located in one of the most picturesque locations, ideal for combining chess with vacation.

The 18th Bangkok Chess Club Open Championships is now underway with 194 players from 37 countries. With 39 entries, India has the largest number of participants. There are a total of 66 titled players including 15 grandmasters, 4 woman grandmasters, 12 international masters and 3 international masters.

Top seeded Hrant Melkumyan didn't have the most easiest of outings in round one | Photo: Peter Long

Top seeded is first time Armenia's Hrant Melkumyan and the second seed is defending and three time champion Nigel Short from England. German Jan Gustafsson is now a regular and this is one of the few tournaments the popular third seed plays each year. Fourth seeded and remaining 2600 GM present is Argentine Diego Flores. Blindfold King Timur Gareyev who plays for the USA is the fifth seed. The Asian challenge is young and led by Australia's Anton Smirnov, Vietnam's Tran Tuan Minh and Iran's Shahin Lorparizangeneh while IMs Karthikeyan P from indian and Kevin Goh Wei Ming from Singapore are looking to complete their GM title requirements.

Always a pleasure to have Nigel Short at the Bangkok Open | Photo: Peter Long

It was a typical first round of an open tournament at the 18th Bangkok Chess Club Open Championships being held at the Regent Cha-Am Beach Resort from 13-21 April 2018. All the leading contenders went through relatively comfortably with perhaps third seeded Jan Gustafsson making his task the most difficult. There is a difference between strong grandmasters knowing how to win tournaments and the experienced amateurs and even the up and coming young talents, and in the end, even when playing well within themselves, their class showed.

Gukesh played against the talented Philippine youngster Nouri Alekhine, but the Indian was too strong | Photo: Peter Long

Round 1 results:

198Chan Yi Meng Ryan198800 - 10GMMelkumyan Hrant26691
22GMShort Nigel D266201 - 00Welsh Michael198599
3100Duong Thuong Cong198400 - 10GMGustafsson Jan26433
44GMFlores Diego260101 - 00Mottonen Ari1984101
5102Ashutosh Kumar197800 - 10GMGareyev Timur25925
66GMSmirnov Anton254601 - 00Sivara Poompat1974103
7104Rodriguez Juan Talavera196700 - 10GMKrysa Leandro25437
88GMSwapnil S. Dhopade252601 - 00He Yichen1966105
9106Brunner Karl196000 - 10GMTran Tuan Minh25149
1010GMLorparizangeneh Shahin250801 - 00Jaeel Atharva1957107
11108Sielicki Tomasz195200 - 10GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.249911
1212GMLy Moulthun249801 - 00Tuorila Kai1950109
13110Ashid Tsetseg-Ulzii19410½ - ½0IMKarthikeyan P.248113
1414GMSantiago Yago De Moura247601 - 00Tobor Mick1939111
15112Hutzheimer Alfred193700 - 10IMGoh Wei Ming Kevin247215
1616GMNeelotpal Das246801 - 00WFMBidhar Rutumbara1929113
17114WIMGokhale Anupama19270½ - ½0FMPriasmoro Novendra244917
1818IMNguyen Anh Khoi244401 - 00CMLam Ross1924116
19117Frederiksen Erik192400 - 10IMPascua Haridas244319
2020IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari243401 - 00Tantipura Noppakorn1924118

Complete results

Picture Gallery:

The view that you wake up to! | Photo: Peter Long

The beach is just adjacent to the hotel | Photo: Peter Long

In case you don't wish to go in the sea, you have a swimming pool as well | Photo: Peter Long

The Australian superstars | Photo: Peter Long

They come from different countries but chess binds them all! | Photo: Peter Long

The spacious playing hall | Photo: Peter Long

The trophies that top players are fighting for! | Photo: Peter Long

Live food counter outside the playing hall | Photo: Peter Long

The champions' gallery. Do you see an Indian there? | Photo: Peter Long

The arbiters have absolutely no time and eat while working! | Photo: Peter Long

Free Bangkok Open t-shirts for all participants! | Photo: Peter Long

Cheap and fresh fruits are easy to find in the area! | Photo: Peter Long

Mangoes, anyone?!! | Photo: Peter Long

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