Short Wins Bangkok Chess Club Open

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/19/12, 11:15 AM.

It wasn't quite the "crème de la crème" of the chess world, but English GM Nigel Short dominated the Bangkok Chess Club Open, finishing a full point ahead of the field with a score of 8/9 points.

The other leading players in the Open competition failed to live up to their ratings; GM Jan Gustafsson scored 6½/9 and women's world champion GM Hou Yifan could only manage 6/9 against a relatively weak field.

Congratulations to Vietnamese IM Nguyen Duc Hoa, who earned a GM norm for his 7/9 score.

The top finishers in the 2012 Bangkok Chess Club Open were:

Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Short Nigel D GM ENG 2697 8.0
2 Amonatov Farrukh GM TJK 2604 7.0
3 Nguyen Duc Hoa IM VIE 2453 7.0
4 Sriram Jha GM IND 2406 7.0
5 Liu Qingnan IM CHN 2461 6.5
6 Venkatesh M R IM IND 2509 6.5
7 Saptarshi Roy IM IND 2384 6.5
8 Wan Yunguo CHN 2441 6.5
9 Gustafsson Jan GM GER 2642 6.5
10 Liu Chang CHN 2262 6.5
11 Nguyen Van Huy IM VIE 2485 6.5
12 Schebler Gerhard GM GER 2449 6.5
13 Neelotpal Das GM IND 2462 6.5
14 Hou Yifan GM CHN 2639 6.0
15 Severino Sander PHI 2344 6.0
16 Ghane Shojaat GM IRI 2339 6.0
17 Xiu Deshun GM CHN 2492 6.0
18 Contin Daniel IM ITA 2331 6.0


Games from TWIC.

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  • 4 years ago


    Nice games by Nigel, he seems to be finding the form of years gone by. A player to watch for sure.

  • 5 years ago


    @ Poompat - no offence to the quality of the tournament was intended. I was just trying to indicate that Hou Yifan and Jan Gustafsson had underperformed their expected score against a field of this strength. Smile

  • 5 years ago


    @mylnyoda: of course then White will do Qh3+ and Qh7#. Seems that Short won this game quite easily.

  • 5 years ago


    This marks a time when for the first time in history, I believe, three Englishmen are in the 2700+ group.  Very few other nations have three representatives in that "club":

    • Russia (at all times, of course);
    • Ukraine (almost always, including now);
    • Azerbaijan (consistently in modern times);
    • Hungary (quite consistently in the last few years); 
    • France (sometimes, but not now: Fressinet, Bacrot, and Lagrave); and
    • England (as of today).

    China is close, but hasn't achieved it yet -- Wang Yue would have to climb back to where he is used to being, or else Yifan Hou would have to do it.

    At 46, Nigel Short is a grand-daddy in the 2700+ group.

  • 5 years ago


    Actually, it was not a "relatively easy field" as many would think...

    GM Nigel Short has participated in Bangkok Chess Club Opens for the last 4 (or 5) years; and despite being the #1 rank and heavy favorite to win in all 3 previous ones, he has been unfortunate and has not won the Bangkok Chess Club Open Championship...

    There are many strong undertitled (i.e. GM-strength IMs/FMs) players from Vietnam, China, India, and Phillippines...

    In any case, congratulations to GM Nigel Short !!! ...  and we look forward to his return to Bangkok Chess Club Open 2013 next year to defend his title...

  • 5 years ago


    i guess it was a relatively easy field for Short to win the tournament and climb back to the 2700+

  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    great games by Nigel!:)

  • 5 years ago


    Hi Nigel! Well done you GM.

  • 5 years ago


    Short played really well in this !   

  • 5 years ago


    short can play magnificent chess sometimes. i heard a stuffy English gentleman with perfect diction saying "well play good sir" when i reviewed the above games 

  • 5 years ago


    hi natalia

  • 5 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Gratz to Nigel! :) Back to 2700+.

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