Vietnam's chess masters headed to Norway for World Cup

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Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son will compete at the 2013 Chess World Cup in Tromso, Norway, which gets underway August 9.

Though funding for the trip was in question because it fell outside the parameters of the state sports department's budget, the Vietnam Chess Federation (VCF) stepped in so that Liem and Son would not have to pay for the trip themselves.

"Liem and Son can concentrate on training to be in top form at the contest. VCF has solved the financial problem," VCF Vice Chairman Pham Ngoc Son said.

Son said that VCF will also fund the development of Under-10 World Champion Nguyen Anh Khoi.

Meanwhile, Lam Minh Chau will coach for Liem and Son at the World Cup on a salary paid by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Chau has coached Liem at several international competitions and his presence is expected to be of great psychological benefit to Liem during the month-long competition (August 9 September 4).

The 2013 Chess World Cup will see 128 of the world's top players compete for the top prize of US$120,000.

Truong Son earned his World Cup berth by winning the Asian Zonal 3.3 Chess Championships last January in the Philippines. Liem qualified in May with his fourth-place finish at the Asian Continental Chess Championships, also in the Philippines.

Liem, ranked 33rd worldwide, will face Oliver Barbosa (Philippines) in the first round of World Cup play. Son will face play 56th-ranked Vladimir Akopian (Armenia).

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