January, 11 2014 09:32:00

GM Thong clinches gold at Australia blitz competition

Tu Hoang Thong.— Photo VGP

HA NOI (VNS) —Viet Nam's grandmaster Tu Hoang Thong claimed the gold medal in the blitz event of the 2014 Australian Chess Championships held in Victoria from January 2-11.

The 42-year-old GM earned nine points after 11 games: eight wins, two draws and one loss. He was seeded second among the 102 outstanding players at the blitz competition. His score was 0.5 points higher than the three runners-up.

Thong's success validates the high reputation of Viet Nam's blitz team after the impressive achievements of its players, including Le Quang Liem, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Vo Thi Kim Phung.

Thong of HCM City became Viet Nam's youngest champion in 1986 at the age of 14, a record that has yet to be broken.

He won the national champion title three times in 1987, 1991 and 1998 and secured second place at the 1991 and 1992 Asian champs. He also had a berth to compete at the Chess Olympiad from 1990 to 2008. — VNS

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