Ouk Chaktrang Friendship Between Four Countries Tournament
During the past few months, a tournament involving top players from four Southeast Asian countries was held on PyChess. The variant of choice was Ouk Chaktrang. This round-robin tournament entails difficult struggles between some of the best players from Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam, to promote the relationship between chess players of the countries.
This tournament serves as a promotion for Ouk Chaktrang, the form of chess played in Cambodia. Ouk Chaktrang is a very popular game that can be seen played regularly in Cambodia. Ouk Chaktrang offers a taste of how the game of chess was before pieces got their modern movements, where the game was more slow-paced and methodical, and is plenty of fun in its own right. The game bears resemblance to Makruk and Sittuyin, the chess of Thailand and Myanmar. You can read how to play Ouk Chaktrang in our rule document.
In addition, this tournament also serves as an introduction to the Ouk Chaktrang tournament in the next year's SEA Games, a biennial sport event of the Southeast Asia region, being held in Cambodia. Some of the participants are confirmed to be participating in the SEA Games as well.
As of today, 30 November 2022, the tournament has concluded. In terms of the individual results, the Cambodian champion Bora Chheav secured the 1st place with his spectacular performance, winning five of his seven games and drawing the other two. Meanwhile, Thailand's Makruk Grandmasters Worathep Timsri and Warot Kananub grabbed the 2nd and 3rd place with their amazing skills. However, in terms of team results, Team Thailand, getting the same score as Team Cambodia, has edged the 1st place by number of wins, the first tiebreak.
The tournament was streamed live on the Thai YouTube channel หมากรุกไทย ฆราวาสผู้ใฝ่รู้ (Karavas Chess Channel) as well as Karavas's, Worathep's, and Iplaykhmerchess Facebook fan pages.
Thank everyone for participating in the tournament. Additionally, for all chess variant enthusiasts out there, please stay tuned for their performance in the SEA Games.
Wynn Zaw Htun
Phan Trọng Bình
Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm
Links to the Games
Worathep Timsri vs Warot Kananub
Wynn Zaw Htun vs Nyein Chan
Bora Chheav vs Sok Limheng
Phan Trọng Bình vs Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm
Nyein Chan vs Bora Chheav
Worathep Timsri vs Wynn Zaw Htun
Warot Kananub vs Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm
Sok Limheng vs Phan Trọng Bình
Bora Chheav vs Worathep Timsri
Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm vs Sok Limheng
Wynn Zaw Htun vs Warot Kananub
Phan Trọng Bình vs Nyein Chan
Warot Kananub vs Sok Limheng
Worathep Timsri vs Phan Trọng Bình
Nyein Chan vs Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm
Wynn Zaw Htun vs Bora Chheav
Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm vs Worathep Timsri
Bora Chheav vs Warot Kananub
Sok Limheng vs Nyein Chan
Phan Trọng Bình vs Wynn Zaw Htun
Warot Kananub vs Nyein Chan
Wynn Zaw Htun vs Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm
Bora Chheav vs Phan Trọng Bình
Worathep Timsri vs Sok Limheng
Trần Nguyễn Hoàng Lâm vs Bora Chheav
Sok Limheng vs Wynn Zaw Htun
Nyein Chan vs Worathep Timsri
Phan Trọng Bình vs Warot Kananub