The first HD Bank Cup Open Chess Tournament kicked off at Rex hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on Jan. 4 with the participation of 35 chess players from eight countries.

The tournament is a FIDE (World Chess Federation) rating event and played according to the Swiss system of nine rounds.

Strongest players at the tournament include Vietnam’s two grandmasters Le Quang Liem and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.

Major rounds of the tournament, which will go on till Jan. 9, will be posted live at the website