Defending champion Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son easily logged his first win at the HDBank International Open Chess Tournament held on March 17 in HCM City.

Son, the third seed in the tournament, defeated teammate Tu Hoang Thai and plays against Nolte Rolando of the Philippines on March 18.

Second seed Le Quang Liem also won, beating teammate Tran Manh Tien and face Wynn Zaw Htun of Myanmar next.

The two Vietnamese masters shared the leading position after the first round, with top seed Li Chao from China, who defeated Htay Min Lwin of Myanmar on March 17.

The fifth HDBank event, with its prize money of 35,000 USD, has drawn 85 chess masters from 14 countries, including 44 Vietnamese. It will end on March 23.-VNA