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Vietnam’s Hung wins HD Bank chess trophy

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

Vietnam’s Hung wins HD Bank chess trophy

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:34 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s Nguyen Mai Hung claimed the top spot at the International Chess Tournament – HD Bank Cup which ended in HCM City on Jan. 9.

The 17-year-old grandmaster grabbed 4.5 points over the nine rounds. By doing so, she equalled the scores of three other rivals but ended up taking the title because of her better sub-index.

Hung, from Bac Giang province, had previously won a gold medal at the National Sports Games which helped her to become Vietnam’s No 1 master.

She needs just one standard to become Vietnam’s fifth – and youngest ever– International Female Grandmaster and is expected to earn this at a training course in Hungary this summer.

It was a great tournament for Vietnam’s women with Hung’s teammates Pham Le Thao Nguyen and Nguyen Thanh An coming second and third at the HD Bank Cup.

On the men’s side, the No 1 seed Le Quang Liem of Vietnam had a disappointing event, earning fourth place overall with 6.5 points, half a point less than event champion Yu Yangyi of China.

Chinese Wen Yang and Filipino Gomez John Paul were the two runners-up on the men’s side of the draw. Liem said he wasn’t too worried about his performance here.

“In general, I had a fairly good tourney although I wasted several chances to improve my position. But this is normal in chess. I do not have to worry about my performance here because results at this tournament don’t influence my Elo rating,” said Liem who ranks 79th in the world.

“In 2011 my target is to reach the rating of 2,700, which is the level for a super International Grandmaster (IGM),” added Liem whose present Elo rating is 2,664.

Other male Vietnamese players failed to make top three. IGM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, the former world U10 champion was at fifth. While Nguyen Anh Dung and Dao Thien Hai suffered losses in early round.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Truong Son defeats world’s former chess champion

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 1:40 am

Truong Son defeats world’s former chess champion

QĐND – Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 20:39 (GMT+7)

Vietnamese chess player Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son defeated the former world chess champion, Anatoly Karpov, to rank 4th place in Board A at the 9th Cap D’Agde 2010.

Previously, chess player Anatoly Karpov had won the championship at the tournament 12 times.   

Another Vietnamese chess player, Le Quang Liem, gained a victory over Gharamian Tigran and drew with Vasily Ivanchuk. With such achievement, Liem and Ivanchuk continue to lead Board B in the Cap D’Agde.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Chess legend Kasparov beats Karpov in 1st rematch

In World on September 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

Deft moves by chess legend Garry Kasparov gave him a decisive upper hand against long-time rival Anatoly Karpov in the first set of a 12-game re-match in Valencia, Spain on Tuesday.

Kasparov won both one-hour games against a smart but slower Karpov as the two chess legends reignited one of the greatest rivalries in the history of chess this week with a speed re-match of their classic 1984 world championship contest.

A crowd of about 150 watched the tense match between the two Russian grand masters — widely considered the greatest chess players ever — in a less than half-full Valencia lecture theatre, 25 years after the pair first competed for the world title.

That epic duel ended in controversy and without a clear winner when the World Chess Federation unexpectedly called off the match after five months of play, citing health concerns for the players who were both representing the Soviet Union.

Then reigning champion Karpov, now 58, had won five matches while Kasparov, now 46, had won three with 40 other games ending as draws. Both players said they wanted to play on.

Former chess World Champions Anatoly Karpov (L) observes his opponent Garry Kasparov at the start of their 25th anniversary match in Valencia, September 22, 2009

Kasparov, who is now a politician and vocal opponent of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, claimed the match was called off to save Karpov from defeat — and a nervous breakdown — as the match had come to symbolise the competing forces then at play in the Soviet Union. Karpov was a darling of the Soviet establishment.

The World Chess Championships restarted in Moscow about a year later and Kasparov went on to snatch the world crown from Karpov, becoming the youngest world champion with his win seen as youth triumphing over the ageing Soviet empire.

Kasparov held the title until 1993 when he broke away from the World Chess Federation (FIDE) to form the Professional Chess Association while Karpov was FIDE world champion from 1993 to 1999. The chess world title was only unified in 2006.

Kasparov trained for this week’s rematch in the Norwegian capital Oslo with 18-year-old chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen while Karpov trained with a group of world-class players and with a computer, according to organisers.

The event is being broadcast live on Valencia’s regional government website (

Source: SGGP