The National First Division Chinese Chess Tournament kicked off yesterday in HCM City's Phu Tho Gymnasium.
The event attracted 71 players including 25 women from strong teams such as HCM City, Ha Noi, Binh Duong and Da Nang.
Some of nation's most elite athletes are competing in the event including Uong Duong Bac, Nguyen Hoang Lam, Nguyen Thanh Bao, Dao Quoc Hung, Cao Phuong Thanh, Hoang Hai Binh and Ngo Lan Huong.
According to national head coach Hoang Dinh Hong, the event's best athletes would be chosen for the national team to compete in international tournaments later this year.
The tourney will last until March 7.-VNS