Vietnam wins big at Asian Youth Chess Championships

By Hoang Quynh, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thanh Thuy Tien (R) competing at the 2016 Asian Youth Chess Championships. Photo: Ngoc Anh Nguyen Thanh Thuy Tien (R) competing at the 2016 Asian Youth Chess Championships. Photo: Ngoc Anh

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Vietnam won a total of seven gold medals, five silvers and seven bronzes at the 2016 Asian Youth Chess Championship in Mongolia.
In the under-18 group, Nguyen Thanh Thuy Tien won a gold medal after remaining unbeaten in nine rounds, securing five wins and four draws for a total of 7 points. He finished a half point ahead of host player Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh.
Unseeded Ton Nu Quynh Duong won a gold medal in the under-8 group with 7.5 points, and she was followed by Mongolian Enerel Ariunbold with 7 point.
The other golds were claimed by Nguyen My Linh, who won both the blitz and rapid events in the under-8 category, Nguyen Hong Nhung, Dang Anh Minh, and Nguyen Duc Tri.
At this year’s event in Ulaanbaatar 410 players from 18 countries and territories competed in six age groups -- under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18.
Vietnam sent 24 players to the event. Nguyen Anh Khoi, the former under-10 and -12 world champion, was unable to participate as he was in the UAE for the Asian Nations Cup Chess Championships.

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