Thailand Open Chess Championship News

The Thailand Open Chess Championship 2011 took place from the 11th-17th of April at the Dusit Thani Resort and Spa. The lead organizer was Peter Darby of the Bangkok Chess Club (“Thailand’s Coolest International Chess Club”). This year—the 11th Thailand Open—a dozen grand masters (including Nigel Short) were in attendance and the tournament was viewed live online worldwide as it happened. In this episode, learn the ins and outs of tournament chess, including exactly how time is kept, and exactly why a chess game could last up to four hours. GM Nigel Short brings the viewer up to date on the international chess soon as well, including identifying “growth areas.”

Thailand Open prizes are for 1-10 ranks and 5 best Thais, and certificates for best 3 best juniors and best lady. First prize is Baht 100,000. BCC Challenger has prizes for 1-5 with 1st prize Baht 15,000, and certificates for 3 Best Juniors and best Lady. Top three in the men’s division were 3) GM Francesco Vallejo Pons of Spain; 2) GM Nigel Short of England; and 1) GM Jan Gustafsson of Germany.

RESOURCES

http://bangkokchess.com
http://www.thailandchess.or.th

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May 17, 2013 · 2:06 am

Keeper of the Oceans—Gerry “Koto” Rasmus in Thailand

Gerry Rasmus is referred to respectively as Koto, a well-earned moniker standing for “Keeper of the Oceans.” His longtime volunteer efforts in keeping Jomtien Beach clean near Pattaya, Thailand were inspired by the near death of a young girl. Also in this episode, learn about “Wastercise” and other life, nature, and animal-saving measures undertaken by this noble fellow in this episode of Rod’s program.

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May 17, 2013 · 2:03 am

Gary Holden of “Biggest Loser Asia” Fame

Gary Holden talks with Rod McNeil about his victory over obesity, and explains how he came to be a contestant on the Biggest Loser Asia, a reality show about overweight people. Having been a fan of the American version of the show for almost a decade, he was keen to submit his audition tape. “I had to be taken out of my comfort zone,” he explains about his physical transformation. Now, he participates in triathlons!

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May 17, 2013 · 2:00 am

Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae Profiled While Training in Phuket, Thailand

Mirinda started sports at an early age, playing basketball and lots of other school sports. In 2000, at the age of 19, she competed in her first triathlon. Even though she did not have a background in swimming, running, or biking, she made the Australian Junior Elite Team in 2001. Mirinda went on to represent Australia at the ITU Triathlon World Championships from 2001 – 2005 earning silver medals in 2002 and 2003. Now Mirinda focuses on the longer distance. She won the Nice Long Course triathlon in 2004 and won silver at the ITU Long Course World Championships in Denmark in 2005. In 2006, Mirinda claimed the St Croix and Baja titles early in the year, then won bronze at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. In 2007, Mirinda came second in 4 half Ironman distance triathlons before winning the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in world record time. 2008 saw 5 Ironman 70.3 wins and 2009 another 4 Ironman 70.3 wins and a second place and run course record in her first attempt at the full Ironman distance in Kona.

With 15 Ironman 70.3 wins to date, Mirinda has clearly claimed the 70.3 distance as her own and leaves no doubt that she’s a force to be reckoned with in Ironman racing…….

Name: Mirinda Carfrae
Nationality: Australian
Height: 161 cm Weight: 52 kg
Birthday: 26 March 1981
Occupation: Professional Triathlete
Coach: Siri Lindley: http://www.siri-lindley.com
Hometown: Logan City, Queensland
Training Camps: Queensland, Australia; California, USA, Colorado, USA

MORE INFO:
http://www.MirindaCarfrae.com

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May 17, 2013 · 1:57 am

Run for the Border! Thailand Visa Run Adventures—Part 1 of 2—Pattaya to Mukdahan

Part 1—Pattaya to Mukdahan

In part 1 of his two-part visa run series (a day trip to a border somewhere to obtain a visa extension), Rod travels by bus from Pattaya to Mukdahan, Thailand, by bus.

About Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan) Co. Ltd.

“Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan) Co.,Ltd. commenced its first day of fixed route bus operation on the 5th of March 2005 on Route 815 Mukdahan-Pattaya. The route was permitted by the Department of Land Transportation(DLT), a division of the Ministry of Transportation with objectives to 1) Connect transportation of the people residing in the middle and the bottom areas of the Northeast and the East of Thailand for both work and tourism purposes; 2) Promote tourism industry of the Northeast and the East especially the provinces of Mukdahan, Umnatcharoen, Yasothon, and Pattaya City; 3) Ease the transportation of people for no longer making many transfers before reaching final destinations therefore saving both time and costs.

After six months of operations, we saw the same needs of the people in the vicinities such as Roi-et and Buriram so we separated the route to be 1) Mukdahan-Yasothon-Surin-Pattaya (Original route) and 2) Mukdahan-Roiet-Buriram-Pattaya.

In early 2007, we extended the route for another 70 kilometers from Pattaya to end at Rayong province, another important industrial city that needs workforce from the Northeast. Thereon, the route 815 was renamed Mukdahan-Rayong.

In October 2009, we were the first to run long-distant bus business that connects the East and the South under the route 393 Rayong-Koh Samui. The route also covers important cities including Pattaya, Chonburi, Hua Hin, Chumporn, and Surattani. The following year, route 831 Mukdahan-Hua Hin was introduced to connect our base areas in the northeast and the ever-growing tourist towns of Cha-um and Hua Hin. In May 2011, we offered another convenient route of 785 Phuket-Hua Hin targeting mainly for tourists transfer.”

Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan) Co. Ltd.
http://www.iloveyellowbus.com

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May 17, 2013 · 1:55 am

Run for the Border! Thailand Visa Run Adventures—Part 2 of 2—Mukdahan to Sawannaket

Part 2—Mukdahan so Sawannaket

In part 1 of his two-part visa run series (a day trip to a border somewhere to obtain a visa extension), Rod travels by bus from Pattaya to Mukdahan, Thailand, by bus.

About Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan) Co. Ltd.

“Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan) Co.,Ltd. commenced its first day of fixed route bus operation on the 5th of March 2005 on Route 815 Mukdahan-Pattaya. The route was permitted by the Department of Land Transportation(DLT), a division of the Ministry of Transportation with objectives to 1) Connect transportation of the people residing in the middle and the bottom areas of the Northeast and the East of Thailand for both work and tourism purposes; 2) Promote tourism industry of the Northeast and the East especially the provinces of Mukdahan, Umnatcharoen, Yasothon, and Pattaya City; 3) Ease the transportation of people for no longer making many transfers before reaching final destinations therefore saving both time and costs.

After six months of operations, we saw the same needs of the people in the vicinities such as Roi-et and Buriram so we separated the route to be 1) Mukdahan-Yasothon-Surin-Pattaya (Original route) and 2) Mukdahan-Roiet-Buriram-Pattaya.

In early 2007, we extended the route for another 70 kilometers from Pattaya to end at Rayong province, another important industrial city that needs workforce from the Northeast. Thereon, the route 815 was renamed Mukdahan-Rayong.

In October 2009, we were the first to run long-distant bus business that connects the East and the South under the route 393 Rayong-Koh Samui. The route also covers important cities including Pattaya, Chonburi, Hua Hin, Chumporn, and Surattani. The following year, route 831 Mukdahan-Hua Hin was introduced to connect our base areas in the northeast and the ever-growing tourist towns of Cha-um and Hua Hin. In May 2011, we offered another convenient route of 785 Phuket-Hua Hin targeting mainly for tourists transfer.”

Roong Reuang Coach (Mukdahan) Co. Ltd.
http://www.iloveyellowbus.com

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May 17, 2013 · 1:51 am

Ananda Everingham’s Father John: An Australian Living in Thailand

John Everingham an Australian residing in Thailand, where his son, Ananda Everingham, is a huge movie star. Rod McNeil profiles John, complete with a Golden Burmese Python.

According to Wikipedia:

“Born in Australia in 1949, Everingham was in high school in 1966 when the urge to travel overcame the desire to study. He dropped out of school and left home at 16 years old, and left Australia on the traditional journey to London, but by motorcycle. Everingham began his career in photojournalism in the mid-1960s, as a teenager trekking through Indochina and learning languages. He originally worked as a translator for TV crews covering the Vietnam War.

During the Vietnam War he received acclaim from the mainstream media, and disdain from the American military, for his reporting on the effects of B-52 dumping runs on their way back to bases in Udon Thani, Thailand — when bombers didn’t drop all their payload over Hanoi, they dumped their bombs in Laos to cut the risk of accidents on landing, which led to innocent rural Lao and Hmong being killed.

Everingham gained international fame when he sought asylum for his Laotian wife, Keo Sirisomphone, by swimming her out of Laos under the Mekong River near Vientiane using scuba equipment. The story was turned into a TV movie by Michael Landon, called Love is Forever, based on an article Everingham had written for Reader’s Digest. Everingham has a cameo role in the movie.

In 1983, Everingham was the contact to Cork Graham for Capt. Kidd Treasure Hunter Richard Knight.

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May 17, 2013 · 1:47 am