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Travel to Vietnam this March for the 9th HDBank 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/02/2019

Vietnam Chess Federation will organize the 9th edition of HDBank Cup International from 7th to 13th March 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Former Asian Continental Champion GM Wang Hao of China will be the top seed in the Masters section. GM Ivan Cheparinov will be the second seed. 21 GMs, 31 IMs and 7 WGMs have already confirmed their entry in a star studded strong line-up. Indian challenge is represented by three strong GMs Sandipan Chanda, Gukesh D and Vishnu Prasanna. Total Prize money is USD 60,000 (roughly Rs.42 lakhs). The tournament will be played in a 9-round Swiss League. In this article we not only give you all the information of the tournament but also assist you in planning your trip with the help of ChessBase India Power.

9th edition of HDBank Open 2019 is poised to be the strongest HDBank Cup in history

The tournament will take place at The Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam


The tournament schedule has double rounds on alternate days.


The tournament will be played in a 9-round Swiss League format. Time control will be 90 mins + 30 seconds increment from move no.1. There will be two groups: Masters and Challengers. Masters is for players rated 2100 and above. Challengers is for players rated 2100 and below or unrated.

Prize fund:

Total Prize fund is USD 60,000 (roughly Rs.42 lakhs).

Entry fee:

Entry is free for GM, IM, WGM and players FIDE rated 2500 and above. For others the structure is mentioned below:

Players list:

GM Wang Hao is the top seed and the only 2700+ player registered until now for the event

It will be wonderful to see the ever creative GM Sandipan Chanda in action | Photo: Vijay Mahajan

Currently the youngest GM in the world, Gukesh will also be participating at the event! | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Gukesh's trainer Vishnu Prasanna will also be playing here. It will be interesting to see if Gukesh and Vishnu are paired against each other!| Photo: Amruta Mokal

Starting rank:

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgsexTyp
GMWang Hao8602883CHN2714
GMCheparinov Ivan2905540GEO2691
GMMareco Sandro112275ARG2664
GMNguyen Ngoc Truong Son12401110VIE2647
GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo3901211VEN2640
GMVan Wely Loek1000268NED2622
GMPredke Alexandr24107581RUS2611
GMWen Yang8602956CHN2599
GMSokolov Ivan14400030NED2590
GMPichot Alan110973ARG2584
Sviridov Valery4120680RUS2551
GMChanda Sandipan5004225IND2534
GMMegaranto Susanto7101384INA2526
GMVishnu Prasanna. V5030692IND2524
IMXu Yi8605564CHN2520
IMGukesh D46616543IND2508U16
GMStefanova Antoaneta2902257BUL2486w
IMNguyen Anh Khoi12404675VIE2484
IMIniyan P25002767IND2480
GMDao Thien Hai12400084VIE2475
IMVignesh N R25012215IND2473
IMSaduakassova Dinara13700090KAZ2462w
GMNguyen Anh Dung12400025VIE2458
IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus7105347INA2446
WGMTokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim14203626UZB2446w

Complete list

ChessBase India's Shahid Ahmed will be playing in the Challengers section and covering the event for ChessBase India

Attractions in Ho Chi Minh City

Binh Tay Market | Photo: Shutterstock

Cu Chi Tunnels | Photo: Vietnam-guide

Ho Chi Minh Central Post Office | Photo: Vietnam-guide

Bitexco Tower and Sky Deck | Photo: LGM/Shutterstock

Reunification Palace | Photo: Vietnam-guide

War Remnants Museum | Photo: Shutterstock

Ha Noi city is 2-hours flight journey away

By Atul Dahale

Ha Noi city is located on the banks of the Red River, visiting the river shore will surely be a pleasant experience! | Photo: 

Hoan Keim Lake. Known as the lake of the returned (or restored) sword, this lake marks the historical center of ancient Hanoi. | Photo:

This is one of the temples of Confucius and home of the nation’s first university. Originally built in 1070, the temple is meant to honor all scholars.| Photo: Touropia

The old quarter is a mesh of the old and the new, as antique narrow streets snake between old brick buildings, covered in modern motorbikes and street vendors. | Photo:

Arguably one of the most incredible destinations in all of Vietnam is Halong Bay. Although it is over 160 km (100 miles) east of Hanoi, it is definitely worth the journey. |Photo: Robert Balwin

The scenery of Tam Coc is the first thing you’ll notice. Tam Coc is just 90 minutes south of Hanoi. | Photo:

Just 25 km (15 miles) outside of Hanoi, on the other side of the Red River, is Bat Trang.The village itself is ancient, dating back more than 1,000 years, and it is known for its ceramics.| Photo: Dalat Trip

ChessBase India Power:

For all those who are interested to play at the 9th HD Bank from the 6th to 13th of March, here's the package offered by ChessBase India Power:

Package cost: Rs 42,000 


Flights  (Flight ex-Mumbai)

Stay on sharing basis 


Visa Fees



Visa stamping fees (Around $25 at the airport)


Entry fees as per rating (Please check the article above)

Airport Transfers ( Rough cost around Rs. 500 to Rs.1000)


*Please note: Rates are dynamic due to flight fares and it may change at the time of booking.

Contact for more details:

Hotline and Whatsapp: 09106908500/ 07878860008 (10 a.m to 8 p.m.)


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