Nguyen Anh Khoi's convincing victory in the U10 World Youth Chess Championship that ended in Slovenia 12 days ago marks him as prodigal talent from Vietnam, experts say.
He finished the championship with a perfect score of 11 from as many rounds.
A commentary on www.chessdom.com says that for those following youth chess, the performance of FM Nguyen Anh Khoi is not a surprise.
It notes that he had already won the U8 Asian Youth Chess Championship in 2010, and missed the medal in the world youth championship the same year with a loss in the last round.
Last year, Khoi finished seventh in the U10 category in the Asian Youth Chess Championship and earlier this year, he grabbed the gold medal at the 13th ASEAN age group championship.
The report quotes trainer Adrian Mikhalchishin on Khoi's game in the ninth round: "I am impressed practically all moves were the best! Remember this name!"
A VietnamNet Bridge report says Khoi's chess career began accidentally as a result of his parents trying to wean him away from the online games he was addicted to.
It says after an initial reluctance, Khoi took to the game seriously and in just two years, stunned the coaches of the Vietnamese chess team by winning all six gold medals for individual and team events in the U8 group at the Southeast Asia Youth Chess Tournament, a feat that also won him the FIDE Master (FM) title.
The report says that Khoi is a calm, confident player with his sole weakness being his food habits. On competition days, his "brain food" is: instant noodles.