Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Got a Call from the MCF Secretary


19th April

Dear Gregory,


I have spoken to Dato' Prof. Dr. Proom Promwichit, Secretary of the Kuala Lumpur Chess Association (KLCA), and can confirm that we have not endorsed or are in anyway associated with the team that claims to be representing KLCA in the coming Asian Cities Chess Team Championship.

Dato' Prof. Dr Proom has asked me to also reiterate that is is KLCA's policy to work with the Malaysian Chess Federation in all our chess activities and that there is no possibility that we would could ever attempt to participate in an international team competition independently of the national body.

Thank you

Peter Long
KL Chess Tournament Director

Monday, 11 April 2011

Thailand Open 2011

I made it! I actually managed to get to the Thailand Open that is being held from 11-17 April at the Dusit Thani in Pattaya.


Unfortunately I won't be able to stay to the end - although Pattaya has developed somewhat beyond being very much a long strip joint by the beach, it is still very much that kind of place - but the hotel is really excellent (the room I am staying in reminds me of the near apartment size accommodation I used to enjoy while in the USA) and I still can't get over a chess tournament hijacking an entire ballroom of a 5-6 star hotel for over a week.


The Thailand Open has some 140 participants from 32 countries, a statistic which very much what one should expect from a country that is embraces tourists, but 10 GMs, 14 IMs, and 16 FMs also makes for rather decent chess!

However there are very clear favourites. Besides adopted son Nigel Short and defending champion Sune Berg Hansen returning, the organisers have their first 2700+ player in Spain's Francisco Pons Vallejo and all three are joined by another 2600+ in German Jan Gustafsson.  But do see http://chess-results.com/tnr47824.aspx?lan=1 for the full list of participants.