Vietnamese youth grab gold hat-trick at Asian chess meet

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Vietnamese youth grabbed three gold and one bronze medal at the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2010 that ended in Beijing China on July 14.

Nguyen Anh Khoi earned the gold medal in the boys' under-8 category, Vu Thi Dieu Ai won the gold medal in the girls' under-12 category, Nguyen Thi Mai Hung took the gold in the girls' under-16 category and Hoang Thi Nhu Y grabbed the bronze medal in the girls' under-18 category.

It was a creditable achievement by the Vietnamese players given that the 7-day event welcomed 428 players from 20 countries and territories in Asia, including 56 from India, 44 from China, 33 from Iran and 29 from Mongolia.

In the boys' under-8 category, Nguyen Anh Khoi took an important win in his seventh game over Indian rival P. Iniyan.

In the eighth game, Khoi beat Iranian player Derakhshani Borna and led the group with seven points, one point clear of Kazakh player Yakubboev Nodirbek in second place and won the championship before the ninth game. In his final game, Khoi drew with Filipino player Gonzales Julius.

In the girls' under-12 category, Vu Thi Dieu Ai led the group from the fifth game with a 0.5 lead. She won three more games and earned the gold medal before the ninth game, one point clear of second-placed rival Zhang Lanlin of China.

In the girls' under-16, Asia's former under-14 champion Nguyen Thi Mai Hung played superbly and won the gold medal after defeating Kazakh opponent Zhylkaidarova in the final game.

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