Vietnam ranks second at Asian Youth Chess Champions

Vietnamese chess players bagged four gold, four silver and seven bronze medals, ranking second at the 2013 Asian Youth Chess Championships held in Iran from June 19-27.

They won two rapid championship titles on the first day of competition, with two gold medals going to Le Tuan Minh in the boy’s U18 age group and Tran Tuan Minh in the boy’s U16 category.

In the girls’ U6 age group, Nguyen Le Cam Hien bagged a gold in the blitz event and silvers in both the rapid and standard disciplines. Hien’s teammate Tran Tuan Minh took home another gold in the boys’ U16 blitz.

India took the overall championship, bringing home 23 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals.

The championships drew the participation of over 270 chess players from 15 Asian countries and territories including China, India, Mongolia, Iran, Vietnam, and Macau (China), as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines, Iraq, Syria, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.