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Eight Vietnamese advance to quarterfinal of youth chess world cup

By Xuan Binh   August 27, 2021 | 12:34 am PT
Eight Vietnamese advance to quarterfinal of youth chess world cup
Dau Khuong Duy in the national chess championship 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Xuan Binh
Eight out of 12 Vietnamese players made it past the round of 16 in FIDE Online Rapid World Cup Cadets & Youth on Thursday night.

Dau Khuong Duy, Nguyen Quang Minh, Le Thai Hoang Anh, Dinh Nho Kiet, An Dinh Minh, Nguyen Linh Dan, Nguyen Hong Nhung and Vu Bui Thi Thanh Van managed to reach the quarterfinals.

These players all garnered excellent wins against opponents with higher Elo ratings. Of which, the most impressive victory came from Dan, who defeated second seed Alua Nurmanova of Kazakhstan. With an Elo of 2,221, Nurmanova is 808 points above Dan.

In the quarterfinals, Minh and Duy will go head to head, which will guarantee at least one Vietnamese in the semifinals.

FIDE Online Rapid World Cup Cadets & Youth is a two-stage tournament with five different age groups – under 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and two sections - open and girls (totaling 10 tournaments). Participants must not have reached their 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th, or 18th birthdays, respectively, before Jan. 1, 2021.

The qualifying stage took place between Aug. 1 to 20, while the final stage is played from Aug. 26 to 31.

The duration for each game is 15 minutes, plus a 10-second increment per move.

The top three finishers in each category will qualify for FIDE Online Rapid Super Final 2021, which has a prize pool of $30,000.

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