HCMCGeneral Tran Tuan Minh lost the last game, but still had enough points to win the third national chess championship, at noon on March 30.

In the last game that took place from the morning of March 30, Tuan Minh (Elo 2,522) took the white army, just drew Duong The Anh (2,309) to win. But, he suddenly failed. General Nguyen Duc Hoa (2,409) holding white army, need to win over Dang Hoang Son (2,350) to win. But, Duc Hoa failed and even failed.

Tran Tuan Minh with the third national championship overcame Le Quang Liem's ​​achievements.

Tran Tuan Minh with the third national championship overcame Le Quang Liem’s ​​achievements.

Tuan Minh finished with seven points in nine games, half a point ahead of runner-up Duc Hoa. Tuan Minh won the first five games, including a victory over Duc Hoa in game five. This is the third standard national championship of Tuan Minh, after 2017 and 2018.

The national chess tournament, also known as the A1 tournament, takes place three standard chess contents, fast chess and lightning chess, from March 21 to March 30 in Ho Chi Minh City. The men’s standard flag has few former champions like Le Quang Liem, Nguyen Anh Khoi or Le Tuan Minh. And Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son as usual does not play standard chess in this tournament.

In the women’s standard flag, Pham Le Thao Nguyen won for the fourth time, after 2008, 2012 and 2019. Thao Nguyen earned 7.5 points, one point ahead of runner-up Hoang Thi Bao Tram. She is unbeaten, with six wins, three draws.

The national chess championship record belongs to Dao Thien Hai with six men’s championships, and Bao Tram with five women’s titles. Vietnam’s number one player – Quang Liem – won twice in 2007 and 2010.

Xuan Binh

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