When someone speaks about Thai chess, the first thing that comes to your mind is the Bangkok Open. The tournament visited by players like Nigel Short, Jan Gustaffson and many other world class players has become an annual destination for chess fans all over the world. But for the growth of chess in Thailand, just one event is not enough. That’s the reason why former Thai national player Sajjapornthep Gcat Jarunpol and his wife Phuttarak Khampliw decided to organize the Pattaya Open from 20th to 31st of October 2018. What started as just plan for one tournament turned into an entire festival with youth and senior tournaments as well as an amateur section. In the first part of this report by Peter Long brings you the youth events and also an interview with the organizer.