|Vietnamese masters (left of the table) tie Chinese rivals at the Chess Olympiad in Azerbaizan. — Photo tienphong.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s women players tied with title candidate China 2-2 in the third round match of the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaizan, yesterday.
Women’s Grandmaster Nguyễn Thị Mai Hưng successfully defeated GM Zhao Xue, following her teammate International master Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên’s loss to GM Hou Yifan.
WGM Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm and WGM Nguyễn Thị Thanh An drew against GM Ju Wenjun and WGM Tan Zhongyi, respectively, in other boards.
All the Chinese masters have better Elo ratings compared with their Vietnamese rivals.
With two wins and one draw, Việt Nam rank No 17, one point less than the top-ranked Russia, who beat Uzbekistan 3-1 yesterday.
They will next play No16-ranked Spain.
On the men’s side, the Vietnamese lost 1,5-2,5 to the Netherlands in the third round.
The team’s best GM Lê Quang Liêm was defeated by GM Giri Anish in the No 1 board.
Three other matches ended with drawn results.
The Vietnamese will play Ireland in the fourth match. — VNS