14:54 | 14/02/2017 Sports
Vietnam’s top female chess player Pham Le Thao Nguyen advanced into the second round of the 2017 FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship after overcoming Georgian Javakhishvili Lela 1.5-0.5 in the opening round played on February 12.
Nguyen tied with Lela in the first game before brilliantly beating her opponent after 74 moves in the second game to make it through to the next round.
It was an encouraging result for the Vietnamese master as she ranked just 47th among the 64 participants with an Elo rating of 2,351 compared to Lela’s 18th position with an Elo rating of 2,455.
Nguyen’s next challenger will be 18-year-old Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia.
The 2017 world championship, originally placed on the FIDE calendar for October 2016, is taking place in Tehran, Iran from February 10 to March 5 with the presence of 64 players, who performed outstandingly at big tournaments as well as zone qualification rounds.
Pham Le Thao Nguyen won the sole berth of the Zone 3.3 qualifying round (for players in Southeast Asia and a number of East Asian countries), which was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in March 2015.
Hoang Thanh Trang, who is of both Vietnamese and Hungarian nationality, was held to draws in both games of the first round and will have to play in a tiebreaker for a place in the second.