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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thailand Open Chess Championship 2009

Officially titled the "Thailand Open Chess Championship 2009", the 9th BCC Open will be held at the beautiful Aisawan Resort & Spa in the quiet Wongamart Beach, only 2km from the famous Pattaya Beach, 1-6 April 2009. The title sponsor is the Thailand Chess Association. With a prize fund of 400,000 Baht (about US$12,000), more than double that of previous years, and a top prize of approximately € 2,000 Euros, the tournament is sure to attract even more high-ranked players than before. It is also the ideal companion tournament for Australia's Doeberl Cup starting on the 9th of April. More details here. Register here.

Top seeded players (of total 191 currently registered):
GM Short Nigel ENG 2663
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2619
GM Li Shilong CHN 2559
GM Timoshenko Georgy UKR 2551
GM Paragua Mark PHI 2537
GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2527
GM Moradiabadi Elshan IRI 2505
GM Ivanov Mikhail M. RUS 2497
IM Bitoon Richard PHI 2473
GM Kekelidze Mikheil GEO 2468
GM Pogorelov Ruslan UKR 2451
GM Bakre Tejas IND 2448
IM Sengupta Deep IND 2445
IM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi IND 2444
IM Sriram Jha IND 2441
IM Sachdev Tania IND 2435
IM Mas Hafizulhelmi MAS 2421
GM Ghane Shojaat IRI 2413
IM Saptarshi Roy IND 2410

More information on the: official website

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