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Minh in top three at HDBank chess tournament

Le Tuan Minh of Viet Nam ranks third after fifth round of the HDBank Chess Open.
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — Le Tuan Minh jumped into the top three of the HDBank Cup International Open Chess Tournament’s Masters Pool yesterday in Ha Noi.

The International Master won all two games defeating Grandmaster Nguyen Duc Hoa of Viet Nam and FIDE Master Zou Chen of China.

He now has 4.5 points to rank third, behind Russian GM Dmitry Gordievsky, five points, and Chinese GM Zhao Jun, 4.5 points.

No 1 seed and defending champions Le Quang Liem with four points found a berth in the top 10 after five games.

Other players of the hosts winning yesterday were IM Nguyen Anh Khoi, GM Nguyen Anh Dung and GM Bui Vinh.

In the sixth round today, Minh will play Gordievsky; Liem will play against Erigasi Arjun of India, and Khoi will see Indian Karthikeyan Murali.

In the Challengers pool, Michael Ocido of the Philippines claimed the top position with a maximum five points.

Vietnamese Nguyen Dinh Trung and FM Vuong Trung Hieu were second and third, respectively. — VNS

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