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Welcome to the land of staggering natural beauty- HD Bank Open Vietnam 2018

by Atul Dahale - 16/02/2018

What do you look for when you choose to play in an international event? 1. Strong field, 2. A good place to visit, 3. Affordability. What if we said that all of this is possible if you play at the HD Bank Open 2018 in Vietnam. With the top seed being 2737 and close to 100 titled players expected this is a perfect tournament for you to gain exposure/norms. Apart from this Hanoi is a beautiful city in Vietnam with a lot of tourist attractions. And thanks to ChessBase India Power this entire trip will cost you just Rs. 40,000. Check out this article and get ready for the South East Asian Experience. 

Welcome to the 8th HD Bank Open 2018

The 8th HD Bank chess open will be held from 9th to 16th March 2018 in Ha Noi the capital city of Vietnam. HD Bank open is the strongest annual event held in Vietnam. Because of its excellent playing conditions and huge prize fund, this event has always attracted strong players from across the globe. Let's have a look at what this tournament has to offer us!

Tournament Venue :

Ha Noi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, the HD Bank open will take place in five-star Army Hotel, to play a tournament in the great place like this is always fun.

The Army Hotel | Photo: Official Page.

The Schedule:

Who can participate in this tournament?

There are two categories in which this tournament will be conducted, Masters and Challengers.

Master Category: For players rated above 2100 and women rated above 2000.

Challenger Category: For players rated below 2100 or unrated.

These Top guns will be firing down the shots in 2018 edition!

The Vietnamese superstar and world-class player GM Le Quang Liem (2737) will be present here to defend his title, he has already won this championship three times in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Will he be able to win it for the fourth time?

GM Le Quang Liem with his 2017 edition's Championship Trophy. | Photo: Official tournament page.

Chinese super GM Wang Hao (2712) will be the second seed of the tournament. He has many championships under his belt including strong opens like Sharjah and Al-Ain classic. He is a strong contender for the title.

GM Wang Hao (2712) | Photo:Chinese chess

Indian contingent will be led by former national champion GM Sethuraman SP (2646).

GM Sethuraman SP | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Future of Indian chess GM Aravindh Chithambaram will be here to follow his great performance from Sunway Sitges Open 2017.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram | Photo: Amruta Mokal

The strong player from far west Argentinian GM Mereco Sandro (2632) will be the 5th seed. | Photo: Alina l'Ami

What really attracts these top grandmasters is Huge Prize-money.

Fifty-five thousand US Dollars (US$55,000) will be the total prize fund, this includes 26 main prizes. Prizes shall be awarded are as follows :

Master Category:

1st: $15,000; 2nd: $6,500; 3rd: $4,500; 4th: $2,500; 5th: $1,600; 6th: $1100; 7th: $1000; 8th: $900; 9th: $800; 10th: $700; 11th: $600; 12th: $500; 13th to 16th $300; 17th to 20th $250; 21st to 26th $200.

To encourage female participation and to boost women chess, organizers have declared prizes for top six women participants. The prize money is as follows:

Best women: 1st: $5,000; 2nd: $2,500; 3rd: $1,500; 4th: $700; 5th: $500; 6th: $300;

Best U16 $200. Best Seniors >60 $200.

Challengers Category:

Main Prizes: 1st: $1,200; 2nd: $800; 3rd: $600; 4th: $500; 5th: $350; 6th: $250.

Best women: 1st: $500; 2nd: $300; 3rd: $200.

Best U12: $150. Best Seniors >60: $150.

Excellent IM/GM norm chances : 

There are great chances to achieve your IM/ GM norm in this tournament as many strong players are going to play here. Last year a total of 85 titled players took part including 29 GMs, 9 WGMs, 26 IMs and 3 WIMs.

Starting list for 2018

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgsex
1GMLe Quang Liem12401137VIE2737
2GMWang Hao8602883CHN2712
3GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo3901211VEN2650
4GMSethuraman S.P.5021596IND2646
5GMMareco Sandro112275ARG2632
6GMGordievsky Dmitry24112798RUS2630
7GMNguyen Ngoc Truong Son12401110VIE2630
8GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.5072786IND2617
9GMWen Yang8602956CHN2608
10GMZhao Jun8602522CHN2599
11GMBernadskiy Vitaliy14100371UKR2588
12GMKarthikeyan Murali5074452IND2585
13GMRozum Ivan24104272RUS2582
15GMBogdanovich Stanislav14115298UKR2560
16GMPichot Alan110973ARG2552
17GMKrysa Leandro116807ARG2548
18GMLei Tingjie8605114CHN2541w
19GMVishnu Prasanna. V5030692IND2526
20GMSivuk Vitaly14116502UKR2524


As you can see top 20 players are above 2500 rating, a solid performance will ensure you a norm.

Entry Fee:

For all players based on March 1st, 2018 FIDE rating list, the entry fee is as follows: Registration is free for GM, IM, WGM, and players with a FIDE Rating of 2500 and above. For Master category, the entry fee is as follows:

Above 2399$50
2350 to 2399$75
2300 to 2349$100
2250 to 2299$125
2100 to 2250$150
2000 to 2099$200

For Challenger category: $50 for players rated from 1900 to 2100 and $75 for others.

Overview of last year's HD Bank Open

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Attractions in Ha Noi city and its surroundings:

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 wishes you a fun-filled successful 8th HD Bank Open 2018. In case you do decide to play, don't forget to contact ChessBase India Power for the best rates for travel and stay.

Because chess players must just play chess!


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