Nightsurfer: Suchart Chaivichit - herewith a photo that depicts him at the board in his favourite club at Bangkok: http://shaolinchess.de/thailand/Web... - is not only one of Thailand's strongest players of International Chess, but he is also the leading master of "MAKRUK", that is to say: that regional variant of chess that is very popular in the Kingdom of Siam and in Cambodia (where MAKRUK is called "Ouk Chatrang").
Herewith some further information: http://www.anusha.com/makrook.htm
Since there are neither "Queens" nor "Bishops" in MAKRUK - the "Queen" of Makruk moves like the "Vizier" in Arab Chess SHATRANJ, the "Bishop" of MAKRUK moves like the "Silver General" in Japanese SHOGI - , the rhythm of MAKRUK is laid back.
Therefore MAKRUK is closer to Arab SHATRANJ than the modern version of chess that is governed by FIDE. Therefore one can state that Thailand's MAKRUK is that version of chess that is closer to the original version than modern International Chess.
Thailand's chess MAKRUK has preserved the spirit of SHATRANJ, therefore it is like an reenactment of chess history when people battle it out at the board of MAKRUK.
Herewith a feature that underlines the close relationship between Arab SHATRANJ and MAKRUK:
MAKRUK has a prominent supporter: Vladmir Kramnik has been briefed on MAKRUK, and the Former World Champion has concluded that "Makruk is more strategic than International Chess ... ". Kramnik assesses MAKRUK to be "an anticipated endgame of International Chess".
Therefore the performance by Master
Suchart Chaivichit - herewith one more photo that depicts him at his club at Bangkok: http://shaolinchess.de/thailand/Web... - is amazing: being both a Master of Makruk and a gifted player in International Chess.
Herewith a Thai-language TV-feature on Khun Suchart Chaivichit: