11:44 | 17/11/2015 Society
Vietnam’s little chess master Nguyen Le Cam Hien emerged as the overall winner of the girls’ under-8 age group at the recent 2015 FIDE World Youth & Cadets Chess Championships in Greece, according to the Vietnam Chess Federation.
Nguyen Le Cam Hien (centre) brings home the only medal for Vietnam at this year's tournament
Hien experienced a poor start to this year’s event as she stood at 20th position with just four points after the first six rounds of play.
When the door to the title seemed to close, Hien gave an extraordinary showing in the remainder of the campaign, winning five consecutive matches to snatch the trophy with nine points over 11 rounds.
Gaal Zsoka of Hungary also scored nine points but ended up in second place due to her poorer sub-index.
Hien’s gold medal, the only medal for Vietnam at this year’s event, secured the Vietnamese delegation an eighth-place finish in the aggregate standings.
The annual tournament took place in Halkidiki, Greece from October 24 to November 6, with nearly 1,600 players representing 92 countries and territories across the world competing for Open and girls’ standard chess titles in six different age groups: under-8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18.
The tournament was played according to the 11-round Swiss system, with 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one./.