|No 1 seed Lê Quang Liêm of Việt Nam and his teammates find their wins in the first round of the Asian Individual Chess Championship in Uzbekistan. File Photo|
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Six out of seven Vietnamese masters secured wins in the first round of the Asian Individual Chess Championship currently taking place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
No 1 seed Grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm had no difficulty in defeating FIDE master Fayzullaev Akmal of the host nation in the Open’s category.
He will next play GM Megaranto Susanto from Indonesia in board 1 in the second round.
GM Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn beat Indonesian International master Wahono Awam to enter the leading group. His next rival is IM Munkhgal Gombosuren from Mongolia.
GM Nguyễn Huỳnh Minh Huy also won against Salim Issa Ali Shamas ò Oman.
On the women’s side, Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên, Nguyễn Thị Mai Hưng and Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm entered the top group with their first round wins.
Only women’s IM Võ Thị Kim Phụng had to settle for a draw in this round against Mongolian IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag.
The Asian tournament takes place from May 25 to June 6 with athletes competing for total prize money of US$75,000.
The top five players from the Open class qualify for the 2017 World Cup.
The Asian women’s champion qualifies for the Women’s World Championship. — VNS