11th THAILAND OPEN, (8-17 MAY 2015)

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11th THAILAND OPEN, (8-17 MAY 2015)

Post by Andrew Tjon A Ong » Sat Nov 08, 2014 00:11


INVITATION for the 11th Thailand Open 2015 (8-17 May)

Sun, sea, beach, nature, culture, friendly people, nice food, nice nightlife, draughts, … is there a better combination? Playing draughts in the morning, swimming in the sea or sitting on an elephant in the afternoon. In the evening, if you like, there are many open bars.
In May 2015 there will be the 11th Edition of the international draughts tournament THAILAND Open in Jomtien, a nice tourist village just at the beach.

We will play 9 rounds in 9 days according to the Swiss System and the rules of the FMJD. Thailand Open is recognized by the FMJD and therefore there are standards for rating and international titles to earn. Time: 80 + 1', so for each player 80 minutes and 1 minute per move.

More draughts events during Thailand Open
This year we will also host the following tournaments:
13 May: 10.00 hrs. -Asian Cup Rapid-
14 May: 18.00 hrs. -Asian Cup Blitz-
15 May: 18.00 hrs. -OPEN Asian Blitz Championships-
16 May: 10.00 hrs. -OPEN Asian Rapid Championships-
These tournaments will be organised by the Asian Draughts Federation, by Mr.Baterdene Chimeddorj from Mongolia.

This Invitation is only for the Main Event: Thailand Open.
The entrance fee of the participation is 55 euro. If you want to stay in the same hotel as the tournament, the costs are app. 190 euro for 9 nights with breakfast, based on a shared room.
Excursions are, of course, not included in the price. We recommend you to spend more days in the nice country of Thailand. Come and join the 11th International Draughts Tournament in Jomtien (‘Thailand Open’) 8-17 May 2015 in the Jomtien Garden Hotel, 31/71 Moo 12, Nongprue, Banglamoung, Chonburi 20260, THAILAND.

Playing schedule: (Time of the excursions can change!)
8 May: 19.00 hrs. Opening Ceremony in Jomtien Garden hotel,
9 May: 9.00 hrs. 1st round; 14.15 Excursion (if you like)
10 May: 9.00 hrs. 2nd round; 14.30 hrs. 3rd round
11 May: 9.00 hrs. 4th round; 14.30 hrs. 5th round
12 May: 8.00 (!) hrs. 6th round; 13.30 hrs. Excursion ---> Nong Nooch (if you like)
13 May: FREE DAY. Full day excursion (if you like).
< 10.00 hrs. Asian Cup Rapid >
14 May: 10.00 hrs. 7th round;
< 18.00 hrs. Asian Cup Blitz >
15 May: 10.00 hrs. 8th round;
< 18.00 hrs. OPEN Asian Blitz Championships >
16 May: FREE DAY. Full day excursion (if you like).
< 10.00 hrs. OPEN Asian Rapid Championships >
17 May: 10.00 hrs. 9th round;
16.00 hrs. Closing Ceremony

You can choose if you want to play the Open Blitz- and Rapid championships or not. The Asian Cup Blitz- and Rapid is only for Asianplayers. Registration with the Asian Draughts Federation.

There are many prizes (at least 50 prices, devided in money (> €2.500 and cups) in several categories. It depends on the number of participants.
There are special prizes for the best Asian players, Best Women, and Youth players if there are enough participants in these categories (>3).
Do you want to join the tournament?
It's not necessary to be a strong draughts player.
It is an open tournament for everyone who wants to play international draughts.
Just send an email to the Tournament director Andrew Tjon A Ong: tjonaong@gmail.com

Winner 2005
Sharunas Mardosa (Lithuania)

Winner 2006
Ron Heusdens (Netherlands)

Winner 2007 & 2012 & 2013
Alexey Chizhov (Russia)

Winner 2008 & 2009
Jean-Marc Ndjofang (Cameroon)

Winner 2010
Gabriel Heerema (Netherlands)

Winner 2011 & 2014
Macodou Ndiaye (Senegal)

Winner 2015

Thailand Open 2014 is sponsored by Tulip House, Jomtien Garden hotel, MKB Thailand, Bijnaar Lasbedrijf, Mindsports4you, Restaurant "Ons Moeder" Pattaya, & Damatico Mindgames.
344/3 Jomtien Beach Road, 20260 Jomtien
Tel.: +66 38 231 134, Fax: +66 38 232 071
Email: tuliph@loxinfo.co.th
Hotel / guesthouse with seaview, Restaurant, Terrace
Thai and European kitchen, Travel agency
Rooms available for app. 10 euro

The organization of Thailand Open 2015:

Mr. Andrew Tjon A Ong
Tournament director

Mr. Mathieu Corporaal

Mr. Eric van Dusseldorp

Tournament website: http://www.thailandopen.nl/

Tours & Trips:
1-6 May 2015 Tour Dubai
18-28 May 2015 Roundtour North-Vietnam

Underneath you can find some pictures of the last tournament

The famous trophees of Thailand Openl Every day we have nice prizes for best game, best combination and many more. At the end of the tournament we have cups and cash prizes many categories

To the left, Ajith Abeysekere from Sri Lanka made his debut in Thailand Open. Next to him is loyal Thailand Open participant Cock van Wijk from Holland

Epherem Demessie from Ethiopia against the young Enkhkhuslen Batdelger from Mongolia

We have a large covered terrace to analyze the games and chill a bit

Airat Nurgaziyev from Kazachstan against former champion of Surinam Waldo Aliar.
On the background the Thai student Panithi Seksonwiriya at the left against Paul van der Lem (NL)

Former women's champion of Mongolia, Nandintseteg Batdelger, has already registered for Thailand Open 2015

Charity event in 2014 was a simultaneously seance of the vice worldchampion, Jean Marc Ndjofang from Cameroon. The yield was about 700 euros and it was donated to an orphanage

Children of the orphanage also like to play draughts! Photo below: the orphans sing for us to express their gratitude

A look in the playingroom

The winners of the edition 2014 flanked by the organizers of the events of 2015.
From left to right Baterdene Chimeddorj (Mongolia), Anton Permyakov (Russia,6th), Frits Luteijn (NL,5th), Natalia Shestakova (Russia,4th), Vladimir Nechaj (Russia,3rd), GMI Jean Marc Ndjofang (Cameroon,2nd), champion GMI Macodou Ndiaye (Senegal), Andrew Tjon A Ong (NL).

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Re: 11th THAILAND OPEN, (8-17 MAY 2015)

Post by Andrew Tjon A Ong » Tue Nov 25, 2014 03:49

Events of Thailand Open 2015
In this edition of Thailand Open 2015, we will have many more interesting events.
Also we expect a lot of Asian draughtsplayers from Mongolia, China and Uzbekistan, because of the Asian Cup for Blitz and Rapid during our tournament in Jomtien. That is why Thailand Open is now more interesting to participate than ever.

The main events of Thailand Open 2015:
1-6 May 2015 6-days trip Dubai/Abu-Dhabi
8-17 May Thailand Open
13 May: Asian Cup Rapid
14 May: Asian Cup Blitz
15 May: Open Asian Cup Blitz
16 May: Open Asian Cup Rapid
18-28 May 11-days Roundtour North-Vietnam

The big roundtrip of next year will go to the beautiful North-Vietnam.
Everyone can participate in this very interesting trip.

Underneath you can find the itinerary and details of this trip:

11 days Roundtrip North-Vietnam (18-28 May 2015)

Day 1> Monday 18 May 2015, Hanoi (-/-/D)
In the morning, transfer from Jomtien to Bangkok airport for the flight to Hanoi. At Hanoi airport we will meet our Vietnamese tourguide and he will bring us to our hotel.
The rest of the day you can have a rest and you can begin to explore Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam with 6,5 million inhabitants. In the evening there is a welcome dinner for the group

The Water Puppet Theatre

The exiting Cyclo-tour

Day 2> Tuesday 19 May 2015 Hanoi (B/L/D)
Have breakfast, then enjoy sightseeing tour in Hanoi. We will visit the Ho Chi Minh complex (Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Stilt house and One Pillar Pagoda), after that visit the Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc pagoda with Ho Tay – the biggest lake in Hanoi. We will have lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit Ngoc Son temples and the atmospheric Old Quarter where it is a busy affair. Absolutely everything is sold here, from French baguettes to Chinese lanterns. Then enjoy an hour rickshaw ride through the Old Quarters in Hanoi with the spectacular Cyclo tour. Finally we go to a performance of the famous Water Puppet theater, a must if you are in Hanoi. We have dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.

Ho Chi Minh mausoleum

Tran Quoc pagoda

A Two-days Deluxe cruise in the famous Halong Bay

Day 3> Wednesday 20 May 2015 Hanoi->Halong Bay (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we leave Hanoi through the scenic countryside for a two-day cruise through Halong Bay, undoubtedly one of the highlights of this trip. The legendary Halong Bay is truly one of the most impressive scenic sights of Vietnam and is one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting five hour cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. After dinner you can enjoy the peace under the stars and we continue to stay and overnight on our traditional Junk Cruise.

Halong Bay, one of the seven Nature wonders of the world!

Day 4> Thursday 21 May 2015, Halong Bay ->Ninh Binh (B/L/D)
Waking up and having breakfast served onboard. Continue cruising around the bay. Take sampan to visit Luon Cave and come back to the boat for lunch. After lunch disembarking and transit to the beautifully situated Ninh Binh, known for its beautiful high limestone mountains that rise above the many rice fields and beautiful streams. Have dinner & overnight in hotel.

Beautiful scenic nature in Ninh Binh

The Bai Dinh Pagoda

Day 5>Friday 22 May 2015, Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu – Bai Dinh - Cuc Phuong (B/L/D)
Have breakfast, then transfer to visit the Cuc Phuong National Park, stop enroute to visit ancient capital Vietnam Hoa Lu. In the Ancient Capital we will visit the old citadel and explore 2 temples which built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. Then we will go to visit the beautiful Bai Dinh pagoda. After that we will go to Cuc Phuong National Park. Upon arrival, have lunch at local restaurant, after lunch visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to learn about the important work being done to help protect the endangered species of the park. And trek throught rainforest visiting ancient tree for 1 hour, transfer back hotel in Ninh Binh, have dinner & overnight in hotel.

Cuc Phuong National Park

Day 6> Saturday 23 May 2015, Ninh Binh - >Vinh (B/L/D)
After breakfast we drive to the beautiful nature reserve of Tam Coc, also called the native Halong Bay. We will board small sampans and let us slip through the rice fields, the karst mountains and beautiful caves. It's two hours to enjoy the impressive landscape of Tam Coc. We will then visit the Phat Diem stone cathedral. We have lunch in a local restaurant, after which we continue our journey heading south to Vinh, where we will have out dinner and spend the night.

Sampan boat tour in Tam Coc Nature

Day 7> Sunday 24 May 2015, Vinh – Dong Hoi (B/L/-)
After breakfast, we drive through a scenic route along the coast to the seaside town of Dong Hoi. This is a resort town, which is mainly visited by the Vietnamese itself. We will be there to relax in a quiet resort, located directly at the sea. It stands in stark contrast to the hectic city millions of Hanoi, where we will spend the last days. Along the way we will have lunch in a local restaurant. On arrival, check in at the resort. The rest of the day at leisure. For example, relaxing on the beach or at the beautiful resort pool or you can go explore the town. Overnight at resort.

Phat Diem, a stone cathedral

Day 8> Monday 25 May 2015, - Dong Hoi (B/-/-)
Day at leisure to relax and enjoy our resort, or explore the town, where many good (seafood) restaurants are to be found. Overnight in resort.

Nice beach in Dong Hoi

Our beach resort

Day 9>Tuesday 26 May 2015, Dong Hoi – Phong Nha & Paradise cave – Hanoi (B/L/D).
By the end of the trip we have a day full of highlights! After breakfast we leave for Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park. A beautiful area with lots of rainforest and the largest cave complex in the world and is on the list of the World Heritage site by UNESCO. It hosts the oldest karst mountains of Asia (400 million years old) and also the largest cave in the world: the Hang Song Doong, which was discovered in 1991, but only on the map since 2009. We will visit the most impressive Phong Nha caves. Explore by boat the water-filled caves and beautifully shaped mountains with names such as The Lion, Fairy Caves, Royal Court and Buddha ... The Vietnamese government invest in this area in order to make this area be one of the biggest attractions of Vietnam. We have lunch at a local restaurant. As if that were not enough, after lunch we will visit the perhaps most beautiful caves in the world: the Paradise Cave! It is the longest dry cave in Asia and only discovered in 2005! This paradisiacal caves are not yet discovered by many touroperators, and seldom offered in a tourprogram. Therefore, unique in our program and certainly one of the highlights of this trip !! In the late afternoon, we drive back to Dong Hoi and will dine at a local restaurant. Then we go to the station for the cozy trainjourney with the famous Reunification Express train to Hanoi. Overnight in the train.

Paradise cave

Day 10> Wednesday 27 May, Hanoi(B/-/-)
Arrive early morning. Transfer to Hotel in Hanoi, Have breakfast & Free at leisure for relaxing or shopping by your own. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 11> Thursday 28 May 2015, Hanoi – Bangkok (B/-/-)
Have breakfast, Free at leisure until transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight back Bangkok. End of tour Vietnam
This tour costs 799 euro!

Included are:
- Transfer Jomtien/Pattaya to Bangkok airport
- International flights Thailand-Vietnam vv
- Overnight in comfortable hotels, with breakfast included
- Comprehensive excursion package
- All transport as listed
- City Sightseeing Tour Hanoi with visit to:
- Ba Dinh Square
- Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
- Ho Chi Minh Stilt house
- One Thousand year old One pillar Pagoda
- Temple of Literature
- Ngoc Son temples
- Atmospheric Old Quarter
- Spectacular Cyclo-tour
- Water Puppet Theater
- Two days Deluxe cruise at Halong Bay, with overnight on the Junk Cruiseboat
- Visit the Luon Cave
- Visit Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam
- Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda
- Visit Cuc Phuong National Park with visit Endangered Primate Rescue Centre and a junglewalk
- Visit beautiful boattrip by sampan in the Tam Coc Nature
- Visit Phat Diem stone cathedral
- Visit Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park with the biggest Caves complex in the world and visit the most important Phong Nha caves
- Visit the longest dry caves of Asia, the Paradise cave
- Visit to beach resort Dong Hoi
- Train journey with the Reunification Express from Dong Hoi to Hanoi
- Application and care for "Invitation letter" for Visa on arrival
- Daily two bottles of water per person in the bus
- Private bus with its driver 18-05-2015/28-05-2015
- An experienced English-speaking guide 18-05-2015/28-05-2015
- An experienced Dutch-speaking tour guide 18-05-2015/28-05-2015

Not included:
- Entrance fees and meals (7 lunches and 6 dinners) according to program total to pay 125 euros on arrival in Hanoi
- Personal expenses, other meals, drinks, insurances and optional excursions
- Vietnam Visa Fees to pay at the airport

Your passport must be valid for at least six months after leaving Vietnam.
You need: Application Form (provided by the organization), and one passport photo.
The Single supplement is 150 euro, for persons who travel alone and don't want to share the hotelroom.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
In 2011 we had a tour of South Vietnam and North Vietnam is now the turn. The lesser known North Vietnam is famous for its beautiful nature. Therefore this journey is a must for nature lovers. There are no less than three National Parks in the program and we also make an unforgettable two-day Deluxe Cruise in Halong Bay, which is not for nothing one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!
We also visit the biggest cave complex in the world near Dong Hoi. Now that area is still relatively unknown, but in a few years will be that one of the biggest attractions to Vietnam.
Did you ever want to go to Vietnam already, then you should definitely go through this journey. For the price you do not have to leave it. A similar trip in addition costs in the Netherlands at least double, and you lose 2 precious days of your holiday if you would make this trip from Europe. Because you can’t travel nonstop from the Netherlands to Vietnam and therefore you will always need to travel with connected flights. This created the Vietnam trip often takes more than 20 hours, for waiting times at airports, while we make the journey from Bangkok and we are after a flight of one hour and three quarters already in Hanoi. The same also applies to the return journey.
To increase comfort during the journey, we have already booked as much as possible extra items. Especially with the meals we will have big advantage. If the Vietnamese touroperator ordered the meals months before we are going there, then he has to pay a lower price, than if we order the meals individually when we are on the spot. Than the price would have been much higher if we had to order and pay for each meal individually. Now we can pay the total amount at the beginning of the tour, at the same time with entrée fees. All this provides more comfort during the trip!

Our itinerary: Bangkok> Hanoi> Halong Bay> Ninh Binh> Vinh> Dong Hoi> Hanoi> Bangkok. The purple line is the Outbound Route and the blue line is the Back Route.
Register: email to tjonaong@gmail.com is enough!

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Re: 11th THAILAND OPEN, (8-17 MAY 2015)

Post by Andrew Tjon A Ong » Mon Dec 15, 2014 14:10

For the third time we will have a nice 6-days tour to Dubai, just before the Thailand Open tournament will begin.
Anyone can register for this beautiful journey!


6 days Tour Dubai & Abu-Dhabi, May 1-6, 2015

Day 01, Friday, May 01 AMSTERDAM - DUBAI.

-You will fly with the ultra modern Airbus A380 (largest aircraft in the world) of The Emirates.
After arrival check into your hotel.

Day 02, Saturday, May 02, DUBAI Dhow Cruise with Dinner
-You arrive in the morning at the airport of Dubai. The residents of Dubai are from over 100 different countries, the differences you will notice all directly at the airport.

The romantic Dhow dinnertour

During the day you have free to acclimatize. You can already explore the city or go shopping in the souks or major Malls in Dubai.
At about 18:00 you will be picked for a Dhow Cruise (buffet & incl.diner no alc. Beverages) This romantic excursion sail by moonlight on the Dubai Creek. During this cruise with a traditional Arabic wooden ship, has an enchanting view of the Dubai skyline while enjoying a delicious dinner. The character of the city is an entanglement of modern and traditional. You'll see luxury yachts. Beautiful examples of architecture like the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and the spectacular building of the Chamber of Commerce can not pass your sight. But the old wooden dhows, the residence of Sheikh Saeed and the Heritage Village remind you of the past. Dinner and fragrant Arabic coffee are included in this excursion.

The beautiful Jumeirah Beach. The most expensive hotel in the world, the Burj al Arab on the leftside in the background

Day 03, Sunday, May 03, DUBAI - Dubai City Tour, Sharjah, Palm Island
- This fascinating tour takes you to Sharjah, Ajman, Dubai and Palm Island. You travel to the enchanting museum of Ajman, located in an ancient fort. This museum gives an intriguing picture of local life before the discovery of oil. Along the way you will pass the spectacular King Faisalmoskee in Sharjah, the Al Ittihad monument and the ancient palace of the ruler. On the return journey, stop at the Majarrah souk with its mosaics and golden dome. You can also see the 150 year old Al Naboodah that the life of a wealthy pearl divers family revives. Then visit the Blue Souk and Souk Al Arsah where more than 600 stores carpets, gold, silver, antiques, perfumes, clothes and many other products to sell. Then travel back to Dubai where you will find the skyscrapers of the Sheikh Zayed Road admire the direction of Dubai Marina, Madinat Souk, Jumeirah Beach / mosque and the world famous hotel Burj Al Arab view. Full day tour: approximately 8 hours

The beautiful Atlantis hotel @ Palm Islands

Day 04, Monday, May 04, DUBAI Day at leisure!
-Dubai has many attractions to see and experience. It is difficult to make everyone happy. One can stroll through the city's nicest, another wants to go shopping in the souks or the gigantic shopping malls visits, while another prefers to beautiful white beach is (Jumeira Open Beach). That is why this day is left open so that everyone can fill it to your own taste. There are a variety of ready-made excursions, which can be made. A must is the Desert Safari. A must for the Dubai Eye, but we did this excursion is not included in the regular program, because it is not suitable for heart patients and people with neck and back pain. It can get pretty wild to draw near! This excursion begins somewhat later in the afternoon and in the evening you will then, after dinner under the stars, back to the hotel.

the Goldsouk

Day 05, Tuesday, May 05, DUBAI - Full day excursion to Abu Dhabi
- In this tour you will get a good picture of Abu Dhabi, an emirate of Dubai seems that strong but yet so different. From Dubai Travel along the world's largest man-made harbor at Jebel Ali. During the two hour drive to Abu Dhabi you will pass through desert landscapes covered with acacia trees. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and has many striking examples of modern architecture. They show intriguing interpretations of Islamic themes, set in contemporary materials. During the route along the Corniche with the clear blue Gulf waters and enticing islands along the coast, you will see glittering skyscrapers and other buildings. In the city of Abu Dhabi with its impressive contrasts, visit the Abu Dhabi outdoor museum, largest shopping mall in Abu Dhabi and the Seikh Zayed Mosque which is certainly worth a visit.

Visit to Seikh Zayed Mosque

Day 06, Wednesday, May 06, DUBAI
-Today you can get your last minute shopping and see what things you want to see again or not yet seen. At around 19:00 hours to the airport for the flight to Bangkok 22:35. Check out of your hotel at 12:00. If you have until 19:00 at your hotel stay, you pay a surcharge.

the Spice souk

Day 07, Thursday, May 07, DUBAI-BANGKOK
-Arrival Bangkok at 8:00 h.

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world!

6 day Dubai / Abu-Dhabi travel for only 300, - Euro!

- Welcome at airport by tourleader and transfer from Airport to Hotel
- 5 nights in a 4* Hotel
- Excursions
- Transfer from Hotel to Airport

- Not mentioned meals
- Optional excursions
- Insurance
- Tourism dirham tax +/- 2 euro per room per night

If you want to join this tour, or you need more information, please send an email to tjonaong@gmail.com

The desert safari as an optional excursion

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