Nhan Dan Online – The Vietnamese chess team continues to shine in the regional arena, finishing second with four gold, seven silver and four bronze medals at the 2013 Asian Youth Chess Championships that took place in Sari city, Mazandaran, Iran, from June 19-27.
The 18-member team won two rapid championship titles on the first day of competition, with the 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 with 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, Tajikstan, and Uzbekistan.
Competitors vied for medals in boy’s and girl’s standard, rapid and blitz events in U6 – U18 age groups.