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Chess master Phụng wins bronze at Asian championship


WGM Võ Thị Kim Phụng seen at the 31st SEA Games in Việt Nam in May. She pockets a bronze medal from the Asian Continental Chess Championship in New Delhi, India. Photo

HÀ NỘI — Võ Thị Kim Phụng of Việt Nam won a bronze medal from the Asian Continental Chess Championship which ended on November 3 in New Delhi, India.

After 11 days of competition, Women Grandmaster (WGM) Phụng finished third in the women's blitz chess event with seven points from nine matches.

Phụng struggled with one loss and two draws in the first three matches. But she came back strongly with six wins in a row and grabbed her bronze medal.

WGM Divya Deshmukh and WGM Gomes Mary Ann, both of the hosts, ranked first and second, respectively.

In the standard event, Phụng came in fourth position with 6.5 points.

The top three were all from India - WGM Pallathur Venkatachalam Nandhidhaa, WGM Priyanka Nutakki and Deshmukh.

The championship saw 140 players from 13 countries. Việt Nam sent three female competitors - Nguyễn Thanh Thủy Tiên, Nguyễn Thị Mai Hưng and Phụng - and one male player, Đặng Vũ Dũng.

Tiên, Hưng and Dũng did not reach their best performance in this competition, ranking out of the top five in all two categories. —VNS

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