Dusit Thani Pattaya to host prestigious Thailand Open Chess Championships

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The Dusit Thani Pattaya resort will be hosting yet another international sport event and this time it’s the Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011 in which some of the world’s most brilliant chess Grandmasters including GM Nigel Short, GM Sune Berg Hansen, GM Francisco Vallejo Pons and WGM Vera Nebolsina are competing.

The weeklong event, which will take place over the Songkran Holidays from April 11-17, is expected to attract some 250 participants from more than 40 countries and will gather players of all levels- juniors, club and professional players alike as well as some of the world’s elite with 16 Grandmasters registered including two former World Junior Champions.

Chatchawal Supachayanont (2nd left), general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya enjoys a light moment with chess championship VIPs and players during the press conference held in Bangkok on March 30. Chatchawal Supachayanont (2nd left), general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya enjoys a light moment with chess championship VIPs and players during the press conference held in Bangkok on March 30.

The chess championship is organized by the Thailand Chess Association, the Bangkok Chess Club and the Tourism Authority of Thailand along with many other sponsors.  Chess lovers can watch the event on the internet and spectators are also welcome to see games in progress at the five-star resort.

During the press conference held at Dusit Thani Bangkok on 30 March, Chatchawal Supachayanont, general manager of Dusit Thani Pattaya said, “It is a great honour to host this prestigious event which will give us the pleasure of welcoming the world’s finest in the game of chess.  Earlier this year, we took pride in hosting the Asian leg of the WTA Tour as well as the first stop to the new LPGA season.  We thank you for giving us this great opportunity to promote the Kingdom around the world and to showcase Thailand and its culture as well as its capability to hold international events of any kind.  The best of luck to all and we wish you a great time during the tournament in Pattaya, Thailand”.