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Asian Amateur 2017 gets underway in Thailand

by Peter Long - 25/11/2017

The Asian Amateur 2017 is currently being held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from the 23rd to the 29th of November 2017. The tournament is for players below the rating of 2100. Being held in a touristic destination the tournament has received a great response. More than hundred players in open and women section from 23 different countries are seen in action. Three rounds have been completed and in the open section you have five players with 3.0/3, while in the women's section we have four players with 100% score including Indian player G. Sandhya.

Report by Peter Long and Photos by Suchart Srisawat 


From 23-29 November, beautiful Chiang Mai in Thailand is proudly hosting the Asian Amateur Chess Championship 2017. The venue chosen by the Thailand Chess Federation (TCA) Secretary and International Organiser Sahapol Nakvanich is the wonderfully located Lotus Pang Suan Khew Hotel some 20 minutes from the airport, linked to the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall and in the heart of Chiang Mai which boasts Nimman - the coolest and trendiest neigbourhood in the city. It has a wonderful selection of dinning, spa and hang-outs.


In the Open Championship there is a record number of 23 countries participating from a total of 95 entries of which only 33 are from the host country while in the Women Championship there are 10 countries with 33 participants, again an unprecedented turnout. Thailand will be the host of the Asian Youth Championships in April 2018 and Thailand Chess Association has been putting together a team this year to meet the challenge of this major event. The Phitsalunok Open was the first test and the second one is the current Asian Amateur Championships. I am proud to have been associated with both events as Chief Arbiter and be able to help contribute to the extensive preparations.

Rank after round 3 in Open section

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
131CMAl-Zaabi SultanUAE18753,00,04,02,0
23Djumaev BakhtiyorUZB20523,00,04,02,0
327Akharaboollasez AkharinTHA19163,00,03,52,0
415Lau Ende MatthewSGP19803,00,03,52,0
526Hirao SatoshiJPN19223,00,03,02,0
623Baisynov IslamKGZ19422,50,04,52,5
717Ahmad Nazari Emir RusyaidiMAS19652,50,04,52,5
88FMHj Azahari Md AliuddinBRU20292,50,04,52,5
91Shiomi RyoJPN20952,50,04,02,5
102Ganduulga DagiiMGL20682,50,04,02,0


Pairings for round four on 26th of November in Open section

13Djumaev Bakhtiyor205233Hirao Satoshi192226
215Lau Ende Matthew198033Akharaboollasez Akharin191627
331CMAl-Zaabi Sultan18753FMHj Azahari Md Aliuddin20298
41Shiomi Ryo2095Chan Tun Lin196518
520Boorchi Byaruuzana1954Ganduulga Dagii20682
623Baisynov Islam1942Zayed Ali Al-Hamed198214
725Zaw Win1927Ahmad Nazari Emir Rusyaidi196517

Standings after round 3 in women section:

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12Sandhya GIND19293,00,04,02,0
25CMAparajita GochhikarIND17243,00,04,02,0
34Ohnmar SoeMYA17253,00,04,02,0
41Cuizon LoreshylPHI20193,00,03,01,5
53Su Laet NandarMYA18862,50,02,51,5
613Thongsuk SupawareeTHA13722,00,05,03,0
76WCMFong Mi YenMAS17212,00,05,03,0
810Ranasinghe ShaliniSRI15622,00,04,53,0
98Thapa ShantaNEP16372,00,04,53,0
1012Chuensuwonkul PariyakulTHA13732,00,04,53,0

Pictures from the event:

The beautiful playing hall

Now filled with life!

The organizers took last minute entries to accommodate all the players

The lone Chinese player at the event

The core team of the event: Organizer Sahapol Nakvanich, Deputy arbiter Tony Tan and chief arbiter Peter Long

The tournament has a whole repertoire of players right from this young guy to...

...the 80-year-old veteran

In order to improve their level of play Thailand has employed the services of the Armenian GM Avetik Grigoryan

The Malaysian hope

All the way from Nepal!

It's Thailand versus Japan

Top seed in the women's section Loreshyl Cuizon

The Anti Cheating team!

The activity outside the playing hall

Download all the games from Rounds 1 and 2

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