Vietnamese masters dominate chess tournament in Philippines
Tuesday, 2017-02-28 10:31:45
NDO/VNA—Five Vietnamese women masters have entered the top 10 of the Zone 3.3 Chess Championships 2017 in the women’s class which is ongoing in Tagatay, the Philippines.
Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Hoang Thi Bao Tram is No. 1 after her third win in a row in the third round on February 27, beating Women’s International Master (WIM) Janelle Mae Frayna of the Philippines.
Tram will next play her teammate WGM Nguyen Thi Thanh An, who is second, on February 28.
Three other Vietnamese masters are Luong Phuong Hanh at fourth, WGM Le Thanh Tu at fifth and WIM Vo Thi Kim Phung at sixth.
In the open category, GM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy of Vietnam has secured second place. He beat Filipino GM Rogelio Barcenilla on February 27 and scored 2.5 points.
His teammates Nguyen Van Huy is at the seventh spot and the tournament’s No. 1 seed Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son is placed 10th.
The tournament, which is a qualifier for World Cup 2019, is being held from February 24 to March 6.
Competitors at the tournament have to compete in a round-robin nine-match event.
The top two players in the Open event and the winner of the women’s category will seal their berth for the World Cup.