Vietnamese chess player Le Quang Liem (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)
 
HCM City (VNA) – Top Vietnamese chess player Le Quang Liem became the champion for the third time at the seventh HDBank International Open Chess tournament 2017 which closed in Ho Chi Minh City on March 17.

The 25-year-old Liem, with an Elo rating of 2,712, is No.2 seed at the event. He was crowned champion after beating Bogdanovic Stanislav from Ukraine in a strained match, and won a prize worth 13,000 USD.

Liem won the tournament in 2013 and 2015.

In addition to awards presented to top 25 chess players, the organising board also gave prizes to excellent female player and excellent young player.

The HDBank International Open Chess tournament, taking place from March 12-17, drew the participation of 240 chess players from 25 countries and territories worldwide, including some strong ones like Russia, Bulgaria, China, Ukraine, Germany and India.-VNA