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.-VNA