Chess championships still wide open after day of ties (11-04-2007) HA NOI — Playing to draws during the seventh round on Monday, the leaders in the men’s and women’s division – International Grand Masters (IGM) Hoang Thi Bao Tram and Nguyen Anh Dung – are still being hotly pursued by rivals at the National First Class Chess Championship. Tram, who was held to a tie by teammate Hoang Thi Nhu Y, still leads the women’s division with 5.5 points. Her rivals, Nguyen Thi Thanh An and Le Kieu Thien Kim from HCM City, narrowed the lead on Monday with wins, both just half a point behind tied for second. In the men’s division, Le Quang Liem, 16, of HCM City beat Ba Ria-Vung Tau’s Dinh Duc Trong to level 5.5 points with Dung, who drew Tu Hoang Thong from HCM City. Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, who won the World U-10 Chess Championship in Spain and was a gold medalist at the World U-16 team championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has 4.5 points with five draws and two wins. The championship, which has drawn some 70 chess players, will see the top four in each group in the men’s and women’s…
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