|Master Lương Phương Hạnh of Hà Nội leads the National Chess Championship after fourth matches. — Photo chessvietnam.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Lương Phương Hạnh secured the first place in the women’s category of the National Chess Championship after the fourth round in Hà Nội yesterday.
The untitled master of the host team sprung two surprises when she defeated Women’s Grandmaster (WGM) Nguyễn Thị Thanh An of HCM City in the fourth match after tying with WGM Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm, also from HCM City, in the third match during the morning session.
Hạnh pocketed 3.5 points, as many as International Master Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên of Cần Thơ (second), Trâm (third) and WIM Võ Thị Kim Phụng of Bắc Giang (fourth).
Hạnh tops the ranking due to her better parameter. She will next play Phụng.
On the men’s side, GM Trần Tuấn Minh of Hà Nội remains the leader with 3.5 points.
Yesterday, he defeated GM Cao Sang of Lâm Đồng and shared a point with veteran GM Từ Hoàng Thông of HCM City. His next rival will be IM Lê Tuấn Minh of Bình Dương, who is in the second position currently.
GM Bùi Vinh of Hà Nội is in the third place. He has collected three points, as many as nine other masters.
Today, athletes will compete in two games. — VNS