|Võ Thị Kim Phụng of Việt Nam sits atop the Asian Continental Chess Women’s Championships after her seventh round match in China on May 18. — Photo kenh14.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Võ Thị Kim Phụng of Việt Nam sits alone in first place at the Asian Continental Chess Championships’ Women’s Category after her seventh round match yesterday in China.
The Women’s International Master (WIM) defeated Women’s Grandmaster (WGM) Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim of Uzbekistan. She has six points and maintains the tournament’s leader for the second round in a row.
Indian WIM Ramesh Babu Vaishali sits at second place with 5.5 points. The No 17 seed successfully defeated No 7 IM Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên who was down to No 6 place.
Phụng will play Vaishali while Nguyên--who was on top seat from round one to round five--will meet WGM Gomes Mary Ann of India, who is in fourth place.
Two other Vietnamese masters in the top 10 are WGM Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm, at fifth, and WGM Nguyễn Thị Mai Hưng, at 10th.
In the Open Category, China’s Wang Hao is on top with 5.5 points. He is followed by fellow countrymen Bu Xiangzhi and Bai Jinshi.
Vietnamese master Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn has the country’s highest ranking, at No 14. The No 10 seed has collected 4.5 points after seven rounds.
Four others from the Southeast Asian country are struggling to earn points. They are all out of the top 15. — VNS