GM Sune Berg Hansen increases the lead after round eight
GM Sune Berg Hansen
The 10th BCC Thailand Open Chess Tournament is closing the April mini-tour Doeberl Cup – Sydney International – Thailand Open. The venue is the Grand Ballroom in the luxurious Century Park Hotel, Bangkok, and the tournament will take place during Thailand’s Songkran (New Year) holidays, 14-20 April 2010.
There are two groups of play: Open category for all players (9 rounds), and Challenger category (7 rounds) restricted to players rated below 2100 or unrated. 106 participants are registered for the Open and 74 are in the Challenger. Top-seeded player is GM Nigel Short (ENG 2686).
Danish Grandmaster Sune Berg Hansen extended the lead to a full point heading into the final round ahead of Nigel Short. Hansen used the advantage of white pieces against IM Sunil Mokal Prathamesh and practically secured the first place. In the last round he is playing against IM Ashwin Jayaram, while Nigel Short is paired against GM Marat Dzhumaev.
Round 8 top results:
GM Hansen Sune Berg - IM Sunil Mokal Prathamesh 1 – 0
GM Short Nigel - IM Lahiri Atanu ½ – ½
Koohestani Sh. - IM Ashwin Jayaram 0 – 1
WGM Mohota Nisha - GM Dzhumaev Marat 0 – 1
IM Shetty Rahul - IM Sorensen Torben ½ – ½
FM Soozankar A.M. - Shen Siyuan ½ – ½
IM Ansell Simon - FM Pitirotjirathon Jirapak 1 – 0
Llopis de Aysa Manuel - Vaibhav Suri ½ – ½
IM Macak Stefan - IM Borsos Bogdan 1 – 0
IM Roy Saptarshi - Topi-Hulmi Teemu ½ – ½
FM Kojima Shinya - IM Yap Kim Steven 0 – 1
Palit Somak - FM Reilly Tim 1 – 0
FM Teerapabpaisit Wisuwat - FM Stokke Kjetil 0 – 1
Round 8 standings:
1. GM Hansen Sune Berg DEN 2556 – 7.5
2. GM Short Nigel ENG 2686 – 6.5
3-7. IM Sunil Mokal Prathamesh IND 2403, GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2525, IM Lahiri Atanu IND 2368, IM Ansell Simon ENG 2385 and IM Ashwin Jayaram IND 2446 – 6.0
8-19. Koohestani Sh. IRI 2240, FM Stokke Kjetil NOR 2382, IM Shetty Rahul IND 2255, Vaibhav Suri IND 2331, IM Macak Stefan SVK 2470, Shen Siyuan CHN 2386, Llopis de Aysa Manuel ESP 2128, FM Sauravh Khherdekar IND 2260, FM Soozankar A.M. IRI 2251, IM Sorensen Torben MLT 2423, IM Yap Kim Steven PHI 2416 and Palit Somak IND 2411 – 5.5 etc
Round 9 top pairings:
IM Ashwin Jayaram - GM Hansen Sune Berg
GM Dzhumaev Marat - GM Short Nigel
IM Sunil Mokal Prathamesh - IM Ansell Simon
IM Lahiri Atanu - IM Macak Stefan
IM Sorensen Torben - FM Soozankar A.M.
IM Yap Kim Steven - IM Shetty Rahul
Vaibhav Suri - Palit Somak
Shen Siyuan - Koohestani Sh.
FM Stokke Kjetil - Llopis de Aysa Manuel
FM Sauravh Khherdekar - WGM Mohota Nisha
FM Pitirotjirathon Jirapak - IM Roy Saptarshi
FM Moosavian S.Hamed - Thanarotrung Ratchaphon
FM Voigt Martin - FM Khaqhani Babak
More details on the tournament can be found at the Bangkok Chess Club website
Century Park Hotel in Bangkok