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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Chess training flourishing in Vietnam

‘Human chess’ in Hanoi, played during celebrations
of Lunar New Year in February

Hello Everyone!

It is always nice to know when chess is popularized in a country. Vietnam has taken up chess teaching and is preparing youngsters for international competitions in a big way. The Vietnamese Government even pays 'salary' to chess players as young as four years old! We found this interesting article on chess in Vietnam.

In fact, 19-year-old Le Quang Liem of Vietnam won this year's prestigious Aeroflot Tournament in Moscow ahead of several titled players.

Here is an interesting game from Aeroflot-2010 between Liem and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

You can run it in our pgnplayer or watch it in flash below.

PGN: 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Qb6 6. Nb3 e6 7. e4 Bb4 8. Bd3 Ne5 9. O-O Qd6 10. Bf4 Bxc3 11. bxc3 Qxd3 12. Bxe5 Qxc4 13. Re1 b6 14. Qf3 Bb7 15. Nd4 O-O-O 16. a4 Qc5 17. Bg3 e5 18. a5 Rhe8 19. axb6 axb6 20. Nf5 g6 21. Ng7 Nxe4 22. Nxe8 Rxe8 23. Qxf7 Rf8 24. Qa2 Qc6 25. f3 Qc5+ 26. Bf2 Nxf2 27. Qxf2 Qxf2+ 28. Kxf2 e4 29. Re3 Kc7 30. Kg3 exf3 31. gxf3 Bd5 32. Ra4 Be6 33. Rh4 h5 34. Rf4 Ra8 35. h4 Ra5 36. Rf6 Bf5 37. Kf4 Rc5 38. Kg5 Bc2+ 39. Kh6 Rc4 40. f4 b5 41. Re5 Rc6 42. Rf7 Kb6 43. Rxd7 Rxc3 44. Rd8 Ka5 45. Rb8 Rb3 46. Rc8 Bb1 47. Rb8 Ka4 48. Rb6 Rb4 49. Ra6+ Kb3 50. Rxg6 Bxg6 51. Kxg6 Rxf4 52. Rxb5+ Kc4 53. Rxh5 Rg4+ 54. Kf5 Rg8 55. Rg5 Rh8 56. h5 Kd5 57. Kg6+ Ke6 58. Kg7 Re8 59. h6 Re7+ 60. Kg6 1-0

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