VietNamNet Bridge – 11-year-old player Nguyen Anh Khoi has shocked the Southeast Asia (SEA) Open Chess Championships being unbeaten in all nine matches of the U16 standard chess to bag a gold medal on June 13.
Before entering the last mach, he was placed second after Indonesia’ Azarya Jodi Setyaki, with the same six points.
Despite holding black pieces, Khoi successfully managed to defeat Agus Kurniawan from Indonesia, while Setyaki was held to a draw with Vietnam’s Le Huu Thai.
The excellent performance earned him 7 points after 9 matches, just 0.5 points higher than Setyaki and Paolo from the Philippines.
Earlier on June 7, he dominated the U12 rapid event winning all seven matches and came second at the U12 blitz event.
His teammates also played well in all boys’ and girls’ different age groups- U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, U18 and U20- to bring home 71 golds, 31 silvers and 39 bronzes in all standard, rapid and blitz chess events, securing Vietnam’s top position in the final medal tally.
The Philippines was placed second with 24 golds, 28 silvers and 13 bronzes followed by Singapore with 10 golds, 9 silvers and 14 bronzes.