Vietnam’s Anh Khoi claims World Youth Chess title

By Minh Hung, TN News

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Nguyen Anh Khoi, 11, claimed his second youth medal on Monday. Photo: Kha Hoa Nguyen Anh Khoi, 11, claimed his second youth medal on Monday. Photo: Kha Hoa


Nguyen Anh Khoi won a gold medal in under-12 boys category at the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa on Monday to became second player owning two youth titles in world's chess history.
Earlier, the player from Ho Chi Minh City already bagged a gold at the under-10 championships in Slovenia in 2010. The other player owning two youth title  is France’s Etienne Bacrot.
At the South Africa event, Khoi had a good start with four wins and two draws.
However, he lost to Poland’s Teclaf Pawel at the seventh game and dropped to 16th place after a draw at the eighth game.
However, he had two subsequent winning games over strong players.
According to coach Lam Minh Chau, Khoi faced a tough final match as he shared the second place with six others with 7.5 points, although it was just 0.5 point behind the leader David Peng of the United States.
Peng lost the final game but Khoi and four others won their games to have 8.5 points.
After calculating the players’ accomplishments at the previous matches, the judges decided that Khoi won the championship.
Zarubitski Viachaslau of Belarus ranked second, followed by Taghizadeh Rayan of USA.
In other groups, Luu Ha Bich Ngoc claimed a silver medal for Vietnam in under-8 girls, following Davaakhuu Munkhzul of Mongolia.
The World Youth Chess Championships took place from September 20-29 in with boys and girls playing matches in the U8, U10, U12, U14, U16 and U18 categories.

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