Photos Courtesy: Bangkok Chess Club
The 19th edition of Bangkok Chess Club Open was held from 6th to 14th April 2019 at Centara Grand Ladprao Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. It had a total of 201 participants, including 44 players representing India. The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. The top prize consisted of 100,000 Thai Baht.
India’s GM Deep Sengupta had to be content with a second place finish following a draw with eventual champion GM Jan Gustaffson in the 9th and final round of the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open.
Deep Sengupta took down top-seed GM Nigel Short in the penultimate round and matched Gustafsson’s unbeaten 7.5/9 points, but missed out on the trophy on tiebreaks.
Both Gustafsson and Sengupta were undefeated in the nine-round event, winning six games and conceding three draws each against fellow Grandmasters. However, Gustafsson’s opponents scored slightly better than those of Sengupta, giving him the first place + trophy, though the two shared 170,000/- Baht (Rs. 3,70,853/-) in prizemoney.
Other Indian in the fray, GM Karthik Venkatraman secured third place.
The Bangkok Chess Club Open is Thailand’s most popular tournament and one of the largest opens in South-East Asia. The tournament alternates between Bangkok and other major Thai cities.
Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|5||9||GM||Swapnil S. Dhopade||IND||2488||7,0||0,0||51,0||39,00|
|7||24||IM||Duong The Anh||VIE||2302||6,5||0,0||55,0||37,25|
|8||1||GM||Short Nigel D||ENG||2636||6,5||0,0||54,0||37,25|
|9||3||GM||Lalith Babu M R||IND||2577||6,5||0,0||52,5||36,25|
|17||10||GM||Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo||CHI||2487||6,5||0,0||48,0||34,25|
|18||112||Razali Muhd Syukur||MAS||1792||6,5||0,0||47,5||32,00|