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    Bangkok Chess Open 2007

    7th Bangkok Chess Club Open in Phuket, Thailand!!!
    http://www.bangkokchess.com/shownews.php?id=59


    The 7th Bangkok Chess Club Open will be held between March 27 - April 1, 2007 in beautiful Phuket island! The venue will be magnificent Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa, which is located at the northern corner of famous Patong Beach. Registration form will be here soon. 'Click' for more information. See you soon in Phuket!

    TOURNAMENT REGULATIONS
    1. This is an individual tournament and open to all players.
    2. There are two groups of play. Group "A" is open to all players, rated and unrated. Group "B" is only for players rated under 2000 and unrated players. The ratings are based on FIDE or Thai ELO ratings - other national ratings will be validated by the organizer. When registering, players should indicate in which group they wish to play.
    3. FIDE (International Chess Federation) rules and regulations shall apply. Results will be sent for FIDE rating calculations.
    4. Both groups will be played using the Swiss System, 9 rounds for group A, and 7 rounds for group B. For the pairings, the Swiss Manager Program will be used.
    5. The matches shall be conducted according to the schedule, which will be made known to the respective players before the start of the tournament.
    6. Each player is accorded with a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 seconds per move.
    7. Five minutes before the games start, the Chief Arbiter shall make the announcement accordingly.
    8. All mobile phones in the playing hall shall be switched off while games are in progress.
    9. All officials and players should be smartly attired at all times while in the playing hall.

    TOURNAMENT PROGRAMME
    GROUP A
    27th March Tuesday 07:30 - 08:30 Registration
    09:00 - 13:00 Round 1
    14:30 - 18:30 Round 2
    28th March Wednesday 09:00 - 13:00 Round 3
    14:30 - 18:30 Round 4
    29th March Thursday 09:00 - 13:00 Round 5
    14:30 - 18:30 Round 6
    30th March Friday Rest day
    14:30 - 18:30 Open Blitz Tournament
    31st March Saturday 09:00 - 13:00 Round 7
    14:30 - 18:30 Round 8
    1st April Sunday 09:00 - 13:00 Round 9
    13:30 Closing Ceremony

    GROUP B
    28th March Wednesday 07:30 - 08:30 Registration
    09:00 - 13:00 Round 1
    14:30 - 18:30 Round 2
    29th March Thursday 09:00 - 13:00 Round 3
    14:30 - 18:30 Round 4
    30th March Friday Rest day
    14:30 - 18:30 Open Blitz Tournament
    31st March Saturday 09:00 - 13:00 Round 5
    14:30 - 18:30 Round 6
    1st April Sunday 09:00 - 13:00 Round 7
    13:30 Closing Ceremony

    PRIZES
    In group A, the prizes are for 1-6 ranks and 3 best Thais. Prize values will be announced after the 1st round. 1st prze will be approx. US$ 1000. There are certificates for best Lady and best Juniors. Best team prize is USD 500 (max. 6 players from same country can form a team, total score of best 5 will be included).

    Group B has prizes for 1-6, and certificates for 2 best juniors. Prize values will be announced after the 1st round.

    ARBITERS

    VENUE
    Phuket Graceland Resort & Spa
    190 Thaweewong Rd., Patong District, Amphur Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
    Tel: +66 (0)76 370 555 Fax: +66 (0)76 370 550
    www.phuketgraceland.com

    ACCOMMODATION
    All players are required to budget for their own board and lodgings, as well as transportation needs. For inquiries are reservations at Phuket Graceland Resort, please contact Bangkok Sales Office:
    Ms Banjawan sales@phuketgraceland.com tel: +66 (0)2 655 1736-9, fax: +66 (0)2 655 1740
    and refer to 'Chess Tournament March 2007'.
    Special room rates for chess players have been negotiated as follows:
    Single/Twin Superior Room Baht 2,200.- nett/night (price incl. breakfast, sevices charge and VAT)
    Single/Twin Deluxe Room Baht 2,800.- nett/night (price incl. breakfast, service charge and VAT)
    (1 USD = 39 Baht, 1 Euro = 49 Baht)

    ENTRY FEE
    Group A: Tournament fee in group A is Baht 2200 for each player (Baht 2500 if registered after 10th of March 2007). Tournament fee for Bangkok Chess Club or Thailand Chess Association members is Baht 1,000 (1,200 if registered after 10th of March).
    Group B: Tournament fee in group B is Baht 500 for all players (Baht 600 if registered after 10th of March).
    All tournament fees must be paid before the start of 1st round.

    CONDITIONS FOR THE TITLED PLAYERS
    Tournament fees are waived for GMs, WGMs, IMs and WIMs (according official FIDE January 2007 rating list). First 8 GMs to register will have complimentary accommodation (room & breakfast in twin sharing). Please contact organizer (thailandchess@hotmail.com) for inquiries.

    REGISTRATION
    Registration can be done by filling the online registration form at www.bangkokchess.com. The organizer will answer and confirm your registration by return email. If you did not get answer within 1 week, please send reminder to thailandchess@hotmail.com Non-rated or under 2000 rated players should indicate in which group (A or B) they wish to participate.

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    Confirmed participants as of Feb. 7, 2007

    http://www.bangkokchess.com/7thbcc.pdf

    GM Ian Rogers and IM David Smerdon already confirmed...

    Indonesian GM Utut Adianto and my fellow countryman GM Joey Antonio heads the list of participants...

    6 Grandmasters already confirmed their participation =)

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    Looks to be a strong event with Rogers currently 7th seed and Smerdon 11th.

    Also of interest is an FM with a rating of FIDE 2536!
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    Looks to be a strong event with Rogers currently 7th seed and Smerdon 11th.

    Also of interest is an FM with a rating of FIDE 2536!
    He's from Burma. Systemic ratings abuse has been rife there for many years, so there are a lot of FMs with high ratings. FIDE are generally better at policing dodgy norms than they are dodgy rating results.

    In the Bangkok Open, there are seven Burmese rated over 2400, and three over 2500 for a total of two IM titles.

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    Yes, let's see Smurf stomp all over those fakes and get another GM Norm!

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    I see Tim Reilly, Cathy Rogers, Oleg Korenevski and Damian Norris are also playing… (although Damian as FIJ, not AUS)

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    Looks like there are going to be quite a few players going from Bangkok to Doeberl/Qld Open and then on to SIO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comrade Zukovsky
    Yes, let's see Smurf stomp all over those fakes and get another GM Norm!
    Hey, I hadn't thought of that. A few overrated 2500s might not do his chances any harm at all. The main problem will be playing enough GMs - there are only six in the 100 strong field, so he would need to have a bit of luck on his side to make it.

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    Well, for a GM norm he only needs to play at least three, provided he meets the other requirements. I assume that at least two more GMs will register as there are still vacancies for the complementary accommodation? With those 'over-rated' players, it certainly will increase David's chances. A greater worry would be whether these players are titled or not I think as from memory approximately 60% of the played opponents have to be FIDE-titled (not including Candidate masters)?
    Last edited by Johanath; 13-02-2007 at 10:52 PM.

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    Sorry, only 50% need to be titled. A maximum of 60% of the players are allowed from the player's particular federation for norm purposes.

    http://fide.com/official/handbook.asp?level=B0101

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johanath
    Well, for a GM norm he only needs to play at least three, provided he meets the other requirements. I assume that at least two more GMs will register as there are still vacancies for the complementary accommodation? With those 'over-rated' players, it certainly will increase David's chances. A greater worry would be whether these players are titled or not I think as from memory approximately 60% of the played opponents have to be FIDE-titled (not including Candidate masters)?
    There are enough FMs that the 50% rule won't be a problem. It's pretty unlikely that a GM would register so late, but you never know..

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    Any further information on this tournament?

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    Does anyone have any results from the first day yet? The official website doesn't seem to be very up to date.

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    I've just heard from Lionel Smerdon that David has won the Bangkok Open outright scoring 7.5/9 and scored his second GM norm in the process. Amongst his scalps was Joey Antonio. Great news, congratulations David!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggardiner
    I've just heard from Lionel Smerdon that David has won the Bangkok Open outright scoring 7.5/9 and scored his second GM norm in the process. Amongst his scalps was Joey Antonio. Great news, congratulations David!!
    Awesome!
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