Vietnamese chess masters seek Asian team titles

Wednesday, 2014-05-21 17:09:24
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Top Vietnamese chess star Le Quang Liem
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Nhan Dan Online – The Vietnam Chess Federation has sent its best players to Tabriz, Iran, for the 18th Asian Nations Cup, where Asian chess masters are competing for team standard, blitz and rapid titles from May 20–30. 

Le Quang Liem, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Dao Thien Hai, Nguyen Duc Hoa and Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy are competing in the round-robin Open section against players from China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Oman.

Nguyen Thi Mai Hung, Hoang Thi Nhu Y, Hoang Thi Bao Tram, Luong Phuong Hanh and Nguyen Thi Thanh An have joined other opponents from China, India, Iran A, Iran B and Kazakhstan in the Women’s section, played under a round robin format with semifinal and final matches.

Vietnamese competitors have made the podium four times at this event, all of which in the Open category. Vietnam ranked second at the 14th (2005) and 16th editions (2009), and finished third at the 15th (2008) and 17th (2012) events.

Ahead of their departure for Iran, Vietnamese players experienced a warm-up at the 2014 National Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships from May 12–16, in which Quang Liem and Truong Son claimed the blitz and rapid titles respectively.

The national team will continue their training following their Iranian campaign, before heading to Norway for one of the world’s largest chess events, the 2014 Chess Olympiad, taking place in Tromso from August 1-14.