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