Two Vietnamese international grandmaster Nguyen Thi Thanh An and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son won the gold medal and well qualified to attend the World Cup in the regional chess championships just ended last month January 2013 in the Philippines.
As Vietnamese sayings " Heads down, tails fall" (Everything begins well will ends well) this wonderful achievement was the beginning of a new and better prospects of Vietnamese chess in international tournament in 2013.
Vietnamese representatives Nguyen Thi Thanh An and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son pocketed tickets to the Chess World Cup next year in Norway at the Asian 3.3 Zonal Chess Championship, which concluded in the Philippines on January 29.
Women's Grandmaster An, in the last round, fell to host player Women's International Master Perena Catherine, her only loss at the tournament.
The Vietnamese, however, has already taken the champion title with 6.5 points after nine rounds.
It will be her third time competing in the World Cup after her participation in 2004 and 2008.
Meanwhile in the Open's section, Grandmaster Son beat Gomez John Paul of the Philippines in the last round, earning 7.5 points, which saw him on victory podium.
Son, the tournament's No 2 seed, will be accompanied by No 1, Filipino Wesley So, to take part in the Norway's event from August 10 to September 5.
Grandmaster Le Quang Liem will take part in the 2013 Aeroflot Open held February 12-17 at the InfoProstranstvo exhibition centre in Moscow, Russia.
Liem will compete in rapid and blitz events as the classic time control competition is not being held this year. The winner of the “classic” chess competition last year was Polish Grandmaster Mateusz Bartel. Liem won the title in 2010 and 2011. Ranked 42nd in the world, he is not seeded here.
The tournament opens this year with the qualifiers for the rapid chess event. This will be held on February 12-13. The 32 top finishers in the qualifiers will go on to the knock-out round, which will be held two days later.
The organizers have invited eight special stars and a number of prominent young Russian players including World Blitz Champion Alexander Grischuk, World Rapid Champion, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin and Sergey Karjakin.
The winner of the rapid event will receive US$72,000 while the blitz champion will get $10,000.
Professionals hope in 2013 the Vietnamese players will get dozens of international awards. These are the milestones to evaluate the achievements of Vietnamese chess.
Exchanging ideas with reporters of SGGP, coach Lam Minh Chau said: "The difficulty is big, but I think the chess players will achieve the best results in the two international tournament: Asian Indoor & Martial Arts (in Inchon, Korea, in July) and SEA Games 27 (in Myanmar, December)”