|The National Chess Championship kicks off on April 16 in Hà Nội with the participation of nearly 100 masters. — VNS Photo Thanh Hà|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Grandmaster (GM) Bùi Vinh topped the National Chess Championship’s first round yesterday in Hà Nội.
Vinh walked away after his rival, Dương Thượng Công of the Army, retired because of an illness.
The host master will next play Tống Thái Hùng of HCM City, who pocketed a surprising win over International Master (IM) Nguyễn Văn Huy.
No 1 seed Trần Tuấn Minh, who has just been granted GM title, defeated Lê Hữu Thái of Lâm Đồng yesterday. Minh stands at No 4 and will play teammate IM Tô Nhật Minh in an all-Hanoian match.
On the women’s side, Ngô Ngọc Châu of the Army won the first position. She was followed by Women’s GM Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm of HCM City and IM Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên of Cần Thơ.
The national championship, which kicked off yesterday, attracted nearly 100 athletes from 16 cities and provinces.
They will compete in an 11-match system in standard, blitz and rapid chess events.
The tournament is scheduled to close on April 27. — VNS