|Nguyễn Anh Khôi. — Photo vnexpress.net|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s top chess players Nguyễn Anh Khôi and Lê Quang Liêm were in the top 10 of the Sharjah Masters international chess tournament which is underway in the United Arab Emirates.
International Master Nguyễn Anh Khôi (Elo 2,484) managed a shock win against Grandmaster Ganguly Surya Shekhar of India (Elo 2,633) in the fourth round of the event on Monday after 41 moves.
The 17-year-old has so far earned 3.5 points after four matches to rank 10th out of 150 players, a mere 0.5 points lower than the current leading chess master, Inarkiev Ernesto of Russia (Elo 2,695).
More importantly, Khôi has increased his Elo ranking by 11.6 points, which will stand him in good stead to get the Grandmaster title in the future.
Meanwhile, Grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm (Elo 2,715) tied with Bonelli Eduardo of Venezuela (Elo 2,639) to rank third with 3.5 points.
Khôi will next take on Sjugirov Sanan of Russia (Elo 2,667) in the fifth match, while Liêm will face Inarkiev Ernesto of Russia, who is currently ranked in first place at the tournament. — VNS