Wang Hao crowned champion at Vietnam’s most prestigious chess event

Wednesday, 2019-03-13 16:33:28
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The nail-biting win against Stanislav Bogdanovich in the penultimate round marks a turning point in Wang Hao's (left) supreme finish at the 2019 HDBank International Chess Tournament in HCM City. (Photo:
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NDO – Chinese grandmaster Wang Hao claimed the top honour at the 2019 HDBank International Chess Tournament in Ho Chi Minh City on March 13, following an amazing unbeaten run throughout nine matches (six wins and three draws).

Despite being the top seed, Wang delivered a slow start and settled for 53rd place after the first round.

However, he then gradually narrowed the gap with his opponents before brilliantly finishing off direct title contender Stanislav Bogdanovich (Ukraine) within 84 moves in the penultimate round on Tuesday to reign on top of the standings with seven points.

The last-round match this morning saw Wang play out a tie with his compatriot Wen Yang after 11 moves, which was enough to see him lift the overall HDBank crown for the second time, following his first title in 2016, with 7.5 points after nine games, just half a point clear of the four chasers.

As the title winner, Wang walked away with the trophy and US$16,000 in prize money. Meanwhile, Wen Yang and Stanislav Bogdanovich followed in second and third place, respectively, level on seven points.

Nguyen Anh Dung was the most impressive Vietnamese performer, ending up in 11th position, with 6.5 points (five wins, three draws, one loss).

Vietnam's no. 2 chess player, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, only manages to score six points after nine games. (Photo:

Vietnam’s no. 2 chess player, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, did not live up to expectations, having to settle for 16th place with just six points after three wins and three draws.

India’s Nandhidhaa was named the best female performer with six points after nine rounds, claiming a cash prize of US$5,000.

The 2019 HDBank International Chess Tournament, the most prestigious chess competition in Vietnam, took place at the Rex Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City from March 7 to 13, bringing together more than 300 players from 28 countries and territories worldwide.