Two Vietnamese win berths at world chess championships

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Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Pham Le Thao Nguyen have earned their berths at the 2011 World Individual Chess Championships after winning medals at the Asian Individual Chess Championships that ended in Iran Tuesday.

With six points from nine games, Thao Nguyen took the silver medal in the women's category. The gold medal was won by Harika Dronavalli from India.

In the open category for men with Elo of at least 2300, Truong Sơn (Elo 2635) finished third with 6.5 points, behind gold medal winner Hari Krishna from India and silver medal winner Yu YangYi from China.

In the first three games, Son did not hit his stride and settled for draws. Later, he improved his game markedly and scored important wins, most importantly over YangYi in the final round.

In addition to Nguyen and Son, Vietnam's chess ace Le Quang Liem has a berth at the biennial 2011 World Individual Chess Championship.

Liem, who successfully retained his Aeroflot title in Russia early this year, finished fifth at the Asian Individual Chess Championships last year and didn't participate in this year's event in Iran.

Two other Vietnamese male players, Cao Sang and Dao Thien Hai, finished in 21st and 43rd positions respectively at the just-concluded tournament in Iran.

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