14th Bangkok Chess Club Open

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

Bangkok Chess Club has the honour of inviting all chess players to participate in the 14th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2014 from 12th to 19th of April 2014 at the 5-star Dusit Thani Bangkok Hotel.

The 13th Open hosted more than 300 players from 40 countries, and this year the tournament is expected to be the biggest and strongest open tournament ever held in Thailand.

There are two groups of play: Open category for all players, and Challenger category for players rated below 2100 or unrated (ratings based on FIDE ratings – national ratings will be validated by the organizer).

FIDE (International Chess Federation) rules and regulations shall apply. Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations, and are eligible for FIDE title norms.

Both groups will be played using the Swiss System, with 9 rounds for Open, and 7 rounds for Challenger.

Aerial view of The Dusit Thani Pattaya

Aerial view of The Dusit Thani Pattaya

Prizes
14th BCC Open 2014: 1st prize 100,000 Baht, with additional prizes for 2-10 ranks and 5 best Thai players
BCC Challenger 2014: 1st prize Baht 20,000, with additional prizes for 2-5 ranks
Certificates/trophies for top 3 Juniors and Best Lady Player in both categories
Please note: Under Thai law, 5% tax must be deducted from the prize money. All prizes are in Thai Baht

Arbiters
Chief Arbiter IA Markku Kosonen (Finland)
Deputy Chief Arbiter IA Panupand Vijjuprabha

Venue – The tournament will be held in the Dusit Thani Bangkok, 946 Rama IV Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Tournament website

Dusit Thani Pattaya - the lagoon at sunset

Dusit Thani Pattaya – the lagoon at sunset

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Novy Bor wins European Club Cup

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

They did it! After beating the mighty SOCAR team on Friday, Novy Bor convincingly set aside Minsk 4.5-1.5 in the last round to become the surprising winners of the 29th European Club Cup in Rhodes, Greece. Malachite of Russia won the silver medals and SOCAR took bronze on tiebreak. In the women’s section Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo won all their matches and finished four match point ahead of Ugra. SHSM Nashe Nasledie edged out Mika Chess Club for bronze.

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G-Team Novy Bor wins European Club Cup! (Updated)

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

G-Team Novy Bor from Czech Republic defeated Minsk 4,5-1,5 in the final round in the Open section of the European Club Cup to take a clear first place and win the prestigious trophy.

G-Team Novy Bor won six matches, including the clash with the previous champion and top-seeded SOCAR, and tied only Malachite to conclude the event with 13 match points, one point ahead of the chasing pack.

Malachite took the silver medal thanks to the 4-2 win against PGMB-Rostov. Top two players Alexander Grischuk and Sergey Karjakin decided the match.

SOCAR split the points with Saint-Petersburg (six draws) which was enough for the bronze medal on best tie-break: Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger.

Also on 11 points but with weaker tie-break are Clichy Echecs 92 and Saint-Petersburg.

Replay games with analysis

Full round 7 results (Open)

Final standings (Open)

Round 7 Photos

G-Team Novy Bor wins European Club Cup

In the Women section the winner was decided after the penultimate round when Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo clinched their fifth European title.

Monte-Carlo proceeded to beat Fischer Chieti 4-0 in the final round.

Chess Club BAS and Ugra played 2-2 in the match of many missed chances on both sides. Ugra confirmed their second place and silver medal.

On the shared third place are SHSM Nashe Nasledie and Mika Chess Club with 9 points each. SHSM Nashe Nasledie claimed the bronze thanks to the superior tie-break.

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Full round 7 results (Women)

Final standings (Women)

Cercle d'Echecs de Monte-Carlo

Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo

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European Chess Club Cup – Round 6 Report

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

G-Team Novy Bor from Czech Republic stunned the defending champion SOCAR in round six in the Open section of European Club Cup to take over the lead with one round to go.

SOCAR had a good start with Anish Giri’s beautiful victory but in the later stage of the match things went wrong for the team from Azerbaijan. With three wins on the top boards Novy Bor tipped the final score in their favor – 3,5-2,5.

Laznicka and Hracek (G-Team Novy Bor)

Laznicka and Hracek (G-Team Novy Bor)

Malachite didn’t have much trouble to defeat S.F. Wirtzfeld by 4-2, but it should be noted that FM Ufuk Tuncer beat the 300-elo points difference to score against Viktor Bologan.

The inspired team of Odlar Yurdu went down 2,5-3,5 against the powerhouse Saint-Petersburg. Nikita Vitiugov and Maxim Matlakov put the Russians ahead, while Rauf Mamedov only reduced the losing margin.

Minsk signed a narrow win against Schachclub MPO Maria Saal thanks to their junior Vladislav Kovalev, while PGMB-Rostov won the Russian derby against Ugra.

Malachite - S.F. Wirtzfeld

Malachite – S.F. Wirtzfeld

After round six G-Team Novy Bor is leading the race with 11 match points, while five teams are sharing the second place with 10 points each – SOCAR, PGMB-Rostov, Malachite, Saint-Petersburg and Minsk.

Top round seven pairings are Minsk – G-Team Novy Bor, SOCAR – Saint-Petersburg, PGMB-Rostov – Malachite and Besiktas JK – Clichy Echecs 92.

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Full round 6 results (Open)

Round 6 Photos

Minsk

Minsk

Malakhov, Motylev and Bologan (Malachite)

Malakhov, Motylev and Bologan (Malachite)

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European Chess Club Cup – Round 4 Report

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Chess News & Events | 0 comments

The big winner of the fourth round in the Open section of European Club Cup was Ugra who scored a narrow victory against former champion Saint-Petersburg. Five games were drawn and Anton Korobov defeated Nikita Vituigov.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Anish Giri of SOCAR used the white pieces to bring the success in match against Clichy Echecs 92.

Malachite and G-Team Novy Bor were engaged in fearless battle on the table one. Malachite held a 3-2 lead but Viktor Laznicka beat Alexander Morozevich with black pieces to equalize the score.

The young team of Odlar Yurdu allowed only one draw to Austrian side Schachclub MPO Maria Saal, while PGMB-Rostov was ruthless against Tammer-Shakki and won all six games.

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Full round 4 results (Open)

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Fabiano Caruana said that his game saw a highly theoretical line where he was slightly worse from the opening, but he played accurately and achieved a draw.

This is his first year in SOCAR, he said that “all guys are nice and strong and we should prove our worth”. He further added that he doesn’t feel pressure despite playing the first board in top-seeded team.

European Chess Club Cup - Round 4 Report 1

Emil Sutovsky explained that he participates in European Club Cup in triple capacity – as player, captain and coach of Odlar Yurdu club from Azerbaijan.

He said that the team is young, talented, they want to gain experience, but they also want to show what they are capable of.

WGM Olga Dolzhikova is playing in the Open section for Oslo Schakselskap, the Central Club of Oslo and team champion of Norway. She explained that the club has many Grandmasters and International Masters but they couldn’t come to Rhodes because they are amateurs and have to attend their regular jobs.

Dolzhikova further explained that the amateur status of chess won’t change any time soon, even if Magnus Carlsen becomes the World Champion. The reason is “that Norway is rich and any kind of job pays better than chess”.

On question about young talented girls with promising future in chess, she mentioned Machlik sisters and Greibrokk sisters.

Speaking about the World Championship Match in Chennai, Dolzhikova was very optimistic: “We all think that Magnus will win. Easily!”

European Chess Club Cup - Round 4 Report

Cercle d’Echecs de Monte-Carlo maintains the perfect score in Women section after dispatching the 2nd-seeded SHSM Nashe Nasledie. Top boards Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru brought an early lead and Ekaterina Kovalevskaya could later only reduce the losing margin for the Russian team.

Ugra was very efficient with black pieces and two draws with whites were sufficient for a 3-1 victory against Mika Chess Club.

CS Politechnica-Antibiotice Iasi was convincing against Jelica PEP, the final result was 3,5-0,5 in Romanian favour.

Replay games with analysis

Full round 4 results (Women)

Round 4 Photos

European Chess Club Cup - Round 4 Report 3

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