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Seventeen Year Old World Chess Champion to Pit Her Wits @ Dusit Thani Bangkok




The youngest ever Chess World Champion, Grandmaster Hou Yifan, from Jiangsu in China, is scheduled to take part in next month's Bangkok Chess Club Open.  The 2012 event is bringing in over 250 participants from around the world, and Hou Yifan faces stern opposition from the likes of last year's champion, Grandmaster Jan Gustafsson, as well as Grandmaster Nigel Short.  More than 40 countries will be represented at junior level, club player level and professional level.

Enthusiastic sponsors of the event are The Tourism Authority of Thailand.  The Dusit Thani Hotel has been chosen to host the prestigious tournament which will take place over the Songkran holidays, from April 13th to 19th.


Words by Paul Hutton, Bangkok Scene. Photo courtesy of Bangkok Chess Club.


This year will mark the 12th annual Bangkok Chess Club Open, and the competition has become rightly regarded as one of the chess world's most hotly contested tournaments, with thousands of enthusiasts monitoring results from the Bangkok Chess Club website.  Games will even be broadcast live over the internet, but local residents are encouraged to come along and see the grandmasters in action firsthand.

The former British and Commonwealth Champion, Nigel Short, has called the event "the best organised tournament in Asia."