|Le Quang Liem.— Photo danviet
HCM City (VNS) — Viet Nam's No 1 chess player Le Quang Liem opened his campaign at the 4th HDBank International Open Chess Tournament with a facile victory over Borsos Bogdan of Ukraine in HCM City yesterday.
His compatriots stumbled in other matches, with Tu Hoang Thong and Dao Thien Hai losing to Liu Xiangyi and Tin Jingyao of Singapore; and Nguyen Sy Hung losing to Yap Kim Steven of the Philippines.
The 9-round tournament, set to wrap up on March 15, will offer US$35,000 in prizes. The male winner will earn $12,000 and the top woman will claim $3,000.
Winners of previous editions, Le Quang Liem (3rd edition) and Ni Hua of China (2nd edition), are seeded one and two in a field of 80 players from 16 countries and territories including China, India, the Philippines and Russia. — VNS