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Watto
11-04-2014, 09:59 AM
This is starting tomorrow: http://bangkokchess.com/

Top seed is GM Vallejo Pons from Spain. A whole bunch of Australians are competing in the two tournaments, the Open and the Challengers: http://bangkokchess.com/events-calendar/14th-bangkok-chess-club-open-2014/14th-bcc-open-2014-participants

Oz players registered in the Open are: IM Aleks Wohl, Rishi Sardana, IM Ari Dale, FM Tim Reilly, CM Jack Puccini, Neil Markowitz, Sean Watharow, Peter Frost, CM Francesco Antoniazzi and Licia Yao.

In the Challengers: Finley Dale, Tyson Barker and Patrick Gong.

NZ WFM Helen Milligan is also playing in the Open.

It's a fantastic tournament set in the most beautiful environment... wish I was there. Good luck everyone!

Adamski
11-04-2014, 12:23 PM
Amazing - so many going to Bangkok and still over 300 all told playing in the Doeberl Cup in Canberra!
Best wishes to those going to Thailand. I trust all the political tension there has died down.

Rincewind
11-04-2014, 01:52 PM
Regarding the political tension in Thailand, my understanding is that it is still an issue but it is not critical at the moment. These things should be monitored regularly by those attending but in general tourists are relatively safe in Thailand the political unrest is directed at the country's leaders and provided tourists stay away from rallies and the like they are are OK, especially around Bangkok.

Currently travel advice from DFAT for Thailand is "exercise a high degree of caution" this is the level below "reconsider your need to travel".

Southern Thailand is a different story and if you plan to go to Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and Songkhla then the travel advise is "do not travel". This is due to the threat of violence, terrorist attacks and the like happening very regularly.

Watto
12-04-2014, 02:23 PM
Chess results and pairings will be at this link: http://www.chess-results.com/tnr130151.aspx?lan=1&art=0&turdet=YES&flag=30&wi=984

and live games from top boards at this one: http://bangkokchess.com/livegames/tfd.htm

Schedule:
Bangkok is 3 hours behind Melbourne so I've adjusted the round times to AEST:
Sat 12 April Round 1, 6:30 pm
Sun 13 April R2 12 noon, R3 6:30 pm
Mon 14 April R4: 5 pm
Tue 15 April R5: 5 pm
Wed 16 April R6: 5 pm
Thu 17 April R7: 5 pm
Fri 18 April R8: 5 pm
Sat 19 April R9: 12 noon

Not sure how many Aussies will actually make it to the top boards but might be some good games.

heligan
12-04-2014, 05:13 PM
We're not a million miles from the protesters - there's a massive tent city of them just across the road in Lumpini Park. Security at the hotel is very tight (to the extent of checking under cars for bombs, when they arrive at the gate). However, by far the biggest danger over the next few days, for those venturing outside, will be the New Year festivities - involving very large water pistols, mobile water wagons, and even loaded elephants!

Watto
14-04-2014, 02:58 PM
Today at 5 pm AEST on board 6 IM Aleks Wohl has black against GM Gomez for round 4 (both on 3). http://bangkokchess.com/livegames/tfd.htm

Ari Dale on 2.5/3 is unfortunately on board 7 so we won't get to see the game live but he's got white against a 2500 Chinese IM. Good luck! I was pleased to see that I was right in my prediction (to myself ...) that Licia Yao would finish above her ranking in this tournament - she beat a 1900er in round 2. Not surprised at all after seeing how she went in Ballarat and the Australian Reserves.

Ozebloke
14-04-2014, 03:33 PM
A quick note from Bangkok... Outside it is hot, damn hot, humid and loud. It is crazy with 17 million people in Bangkok celebrating the Buddhist New Year, throwing water and flour over everybody.

Alex Wohl is on 3 after 3 games, playing strong and moving up boards. Today Alex is playing a GM and he's sharing equal first with 6 games to go in the Open. Go Alex! Tyson Barker (me) in his first FIDE rated event (the Challenger Tournament for players under 2100) got a draw in first game yesterday against Lars F Olsson (2025) from Sweden.

Personal note: It is cool to play somebody who travelled all the way from Sweden to be in the event. Today I play an Indian in her 11th FIDE event, but her first event outside of India. Players here from all around the world. Lots of Australians here and we seem to be playing pretty well, all in all. A surprising (for me) number of strong Philipino players - it is one of the most strongly represented countries here.

Political rallies (anti-govt) continue in the park across from the Dusit Thani, where the tournament is being held. Cars are being checked for bombs before they can enter the hotel grounds. I am staying a bit away from the Dusit Thani Hotel both because it is cheaper (just about anywhere would be) and also because it is less crazy (/possibly safer) than in the middle of town.

Capablanca-Fan
15-04-2014, 04:32 AM
Oz players registered in the Open are: IM Aleks Wohl, Rishi Sardana, IM Ari Dale, FM Tim Reilly, CM Jack Puccini, Neil Markowitz, Sean Watharow, Peter Frost, CM Francesco Antoniazzi and Licia Yao.
In R1, Wohl played Markowitz, a leading Tassie player who played solidly up to a point then made some unforced errors, as Wohl reports (http://doubleroo.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/bangkok-open-2014.html).


Alex Wohl is on 3 after 3 games, playing strong and moving up boards. Today Alex is playing a GM and he's sharing equal first with 6 games to go in the Open. Go Alex! Tyson Barker (me) in his first FIDE rated event (the Challenger Tournament for players under 2100) got a draw in first game yesterday against Lars F Olsson (2025) from Sweden.
Unfortunately a bad loss; his report (http://doubleroo.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/bangkok-open-2014-round-4.html) on the round and game, as well as meeting with GM Torre, is on his blog.

Agent Smith
15-04-2014, 06:41 AM
A quick note from Bangkok... Outside it is hot, damn hot, humid and loud. It is crazy with 17 million people in Bangkok celebrating the Buddhist New Year, throwing water and flour over everybody.
Haha - sounds like fun... not.

[Event "?"]
[Site "Bangkok"]
[Date "2014.04.14"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Gomez"]
[Black "Wohl"]
[Result "1-0"]

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.Nc3 a6 4.f4 d6 5.Nf3 Nd7 6.Be3 b5 7.e5 Bb7 8.Bd3 e6 9.a4 b4 10.Ne4 Ne7 11.a5 Bxe4 12.Bxe4 d5 13.Bd3 c5 14.dxc5 Qc7 15.Qd2 Qb7 16.Ra4 Nc6 17.h4 h5 18.c3 Rb8 19.cxb4 O-O 20.O-O Nxb4 21.Rxb4 Qxb4 22.Qxb4 Rxb4 23.c6 Nb8 24.c7 Rb3 25.Bc5
( 25.Bc5 Re8 26.Bd6 Nc6 27.Bxa6 Bh6 28.c8=Q Rxc8 29.Bxc8 Nxa5 )
1-0