Son, Nguyen win Viet Nam's rapid chess titles
HCM CITY — Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and his girlfriend Pham Le Thao Nguyen, both won gold medals of the National Rapid Chess Championships yesterday in HCM City.
Son took the men's title with an outstanding performance of nine wins and two draws. Title contender Le Quang Liem of HCM City was pushed to second place and Nguyen Van Huy of Ha Noi came in third.
In the women's category, Nguyen dominated with 9.5 points after 11 matches. Her teammate Pham Bich Ngoc took the silver and HCM City's Nguyen Thi Thanh An bagged the bronze.
After the Rapid, the masters will continue with the National Blitz Chess Championships, in which world champion Liem will defend his title. The tournament will end tomorrow. — VNS