Underdog Vietnamese, ranked 27th, finish 7th at chess Olympiad

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The 27th-seeded Vietnamese men's team finished seventh out of 150 teams at the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday, propelled by Le Quang Liem's streak of 10 straight undefeated games.

In the final round, the Vietnamese team beat 33rd seeded Uzbekistan 3-1. Vietnam's ace Liem was held to a draw by Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Nguyen Van Huy tied with Marat Dzhumaev, but Nguyen Duc Hoa and Dao Thien Hai took wins over Andrey Kvon and Djurabek Khamrakulov.

Liem's streak of 10 undefeated games (he did not play in round 7) helped the Vietnamese men beat out every team besides event champion Armenia and runners up Russia, Ukraine, China, the US and the Netherlands.

The Vietnamese women, seeded 28th out of the 127 women's teams, also exceeded expectations, finishing the competition in 26th place, while the Russian women won the 40th edition of the biennial World Chess Olympiad, which took place August 27 -September 10.

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