Vietnam's second best chess player GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son Friday finished third at the first Qin Huangdao Open in the east coastal province of Hebei, China.
Son beat eventual tournament champion Zhou Jianchao in the final round to end up with the same 7 points, but the Chinese player took the title because of additional advantages.
For similar reasons, Zhou Weiqi, another Chinese player, also had seven points but came in second.
Vietnam's number one player, Le Quang Liem, ranked 25th in the world, lost to Zhou Weiqi in the final round and finished the tournament in the ninth position.
Like Truong Son of Vietnam, Zhou Jianchao and Zhou Weiqi are not among the world's top 100. Yet Quang Liem was not in his best form at the event.
The Qin Huangdao Open, which took place from October 1-7, attracted 78 chess players who competed regardless of sex and age.
Six Vietnamese players participated in the tournament including team manager Dang Tat Thang, who is also general secretary of the Vietnam Chess Federation.
Hoang Bao Tram was the best female Vietnamese player at the event but she finished in the 41st spot.