|Lê Quang Liêm helps Việt Nam take home silver at the Asian Nation Cup’s rapid chess event in the UAE. -- File Photo|Viet Nam News -
HÀ NỘI -- Việt Nam won a silver medal at the Asian Nation Cup’s rapid chess, Open category, on April 6 in the United Arab Emirates.
In the presence of the national leading grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm, Việt Nam easily defeated Oman, Iran, Lebanon and the hosts in the group round.
Their only loss was to India, who played China in the semi-finals.
Việt Nam showed their strength by beating Iran again in the knockout round and met world champion China in the final match.
The last game saw Liêm losing to Bu Xiangzhi, while Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn drew Wang Yue, Nguyễn Minh Huy tied with Zhou Jianchao and 14-year-old Nguyễn Anh Khôi was beaten by Wei Yi.
On the women’s side, the Vietnamese squad ranked sixth in the qualification round and failed to make the semi-finals.
The tournament will continue with the blitz chess event.
Earlier in the day, the organisers presented a gold and a bronze medal to the female Vietnamese masters for their achievements in the standard chess round, which wrapped up on April 5.
Master Nguyễn Thị Thanh An took her individual title, ranking first at Table 5, and Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm came third at Table 2. -- VNS