180 competitors at international chess meet in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, March 4 (IANS) Up to 180 chess players will compete in the HDBank Cup International Open Chess Championship 2016 slated for March 8-13 here, the Vietnam Chess Federation said on Friday.

The players with the average Elo of 2,344, including a grandmaster with Elo of 2,717, will vie for top rankings with total prizes of $40,000, including the first prize of $13,000, reports Xinhua.

They are from 16 countries and regions, including China, Hungary, Russia, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar.

Chinese grandmasters Wang Hao (Elo 2,707) and Ni Hua (Elo 2,691), two Vietnamese grandmasters Le Quang Liem (Elo 2,709) and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Elo 2,649), and Czech grandmaster Viktor Laznicka are among the favorites to win the title, said the federation.

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