Vietnamese women claim silver at Asian Nations Cup chess event

Sunday, 2018-08-05 14:29:14
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The Vietnamese women's team (left) on the podium of the 2018 Asian Nations Cup.
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NDO – The exceptional form of Pham Le Thao Nguyen and Nguyen Thi Mai Hung fired the Vietnam women’s team to the overall silver medal of the standard event at the recent 2018 Asian Nations Cup chess tournament in Hamadan, Iran.

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Thao Nguyen (Elo 2334) scored 4.5 points after six games, while Mai Hung (Elo 2226) attained five points after seven games, contributing to Vietnam’s 11-point total after seven matches, two points behind the champions, China.

Despite Vietnam’s possessing the fourth highest average Elo rating (2295), behind China (2418), Kazakhstan (2404) and India (2390), International Master (IM) Thao Nguyen and her teammates recorded significant victories over Uzbekistan (3-1), India (2.5-1.5), and Kazakhstan (2.5-1.5) to settle for second place overall.

The overall rankings of the women's standard chess event.

It was the best result that the Vietnamese women have achieved in this arena since 2009, when Thao Nguyen, Mai Hung, and Nguyen Thi Thanh An excelled to bring home the overall title for the country.

In addition to the silver medal, the Vietnamese women’s team also managed to attain a second-place finish in the rapid chess category, scoring 12 points, just one point off the winners, India, and three points clear of third-place China.

The overall rankings of the women's rapid chess event.

In contrast to the glory of their female counterparts, the Vietnamese men only managed 10th position out of the 14 participating teams in the Open standard section with six points, seven points fewer than the gold medalists, Iran. However, they found some consolation by winning the blitz bronze medal.

The poor results of the Vietnamese men’s team could be attributed to the lack of top player Le Quang Liem, who competed in the ninth Danzhou Super Grandmaster Tournament in China’s Hainan province and finished as the runner-up overall, behind China’s Yu Yangyi.

The overall rankings of the men's standard chess category.

The 2018 Asian Nations Cup took place from July 27 to August 3, featuring competition in the men’s and women’s standard, rapid and blitz chess events.