Arkady Dvorkovich, the new president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) awards the top prize to Wang Hao, the winner of the 9th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament 2019 held in HCM City from March 7-13. — VNS Photo Văn Châu
Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The No 1 seed, Grandmaster Wang Hao of China, won the 9th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament 2019, which closed in HCM City yesterday.
The Grandmaster (with an Elo of 2,718) took the trophy winning 7.5 points after nine games. He scored six wins and three draws, and did not lose a game at the tournament.
In the last game yesterday morning, Wang had a quick finish in a draw with his fellow countryman, Grandmaster Wen Yang (Elo 2,599), after only 11 moves.
Wang only needed a draw to win the 9th HDBank International Chess Open Tournament 2019.
Wen came in second, while Bogdanovich Stanislav from Ukraine placed third.
On the women’s side, Nandhidhaa P. V. (Elo 2,240) of India topped the podium with six points. This was unexpected because her Elo points only ranked her 13th in the competition.
In the Challenger pool, Villanueva Nelson of the Philippines won the trophy with 7.5 points after nine games.
Phạm Minh Hiếu from Việt Nam also had 7.5 points, but his sub-index was less than Nelson’s. Hiếu came in second and Phạm Thị Thu Hiền placed third. — VNS