|Lê Tuấn Minh of Việt Nam ranks third after fifth round of the HDBank Chess Open.|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Lê Tuấn Minh jumped into the top three of the HDBank Cup International Open Chess Tournament’s Masters Pool yesterday in Hà Nội.
The International Master won all two games defeating Grandmaster Nguyễn Đức Hòa of Việt Nam and FIDE Master Zou Chen of China.
He now has 4.5 points to rank third, behind Russian GM Dmitry Gordievsky, five points, and Chinese GM Zhao Jun, 4.5 points.
No 1 seed and defending champions Lê Quang Liêm with four points found a berth in the top 10 after five games.
Other players of the hosts winning yesterday were IM Nguyễn Anh Khôi, GM Nguyễn Anh Dũng and GM Bùi Vinh.
In the sixth round today, Minh will play Gordievsky; Liêm will play against Erigasi Arjun of India, and Khôi will see Indian Karthikeyan Murali.
In the Challengers pool, Michael Ocido of the Philippines claimed the top position with a maximum five points.
Vietnamese Nguyễn Đình Trung and FM Vương Trung Hiếu were second and third, respectively. — VNS