In its 9th edition, the Bangkok Chess Club Open has now officially grown up to become the Thailand Open Chess Championship with every likelihood to being well on its way to becoming a major international regional event.
Supported by the Thailand Tourism Authority, and with a star attraction in English Champion and Grandmaster Nigel Short, and held at the wonderful Aisawan Resort & Spa in Pattaya, there is also quite unprecedented publicity, from TV coverage, buntings and posters in strategic locations all over Pattaya, and very nice opening ceremony graced by the city's mayor.
There is of course the little touches together with great attention to detail and the always brilliant hospitality that Thailand is universally known for always helps(!), and to get a sense of this, do go to the photo gallery at http://aisawan.dyndns.info/chess/.
While there is now the debates of how this event can now continue to be a favourite of amateurs looking to enjoy the many things that Thailand is while also continuing to make the difference in developing local talent, at this point chess lovers must simply congratulate the Bangkok Chess Club led by Kai Tuorila for setting an organisation standard even leading national chess federations can learn from!
As for the chess, you can get the results at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr20583.aspx?lan=1