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Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son

Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 

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Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son is a Vietnamese chess player. He is the youngest Vietnamese ever to become a Grandmaster, and one of the youngest grandmasters in the history of the game, having qualified for the title at the age of fourteen.

Chess career

Nguyen learnt to play chess at the age of 3. He won a gold medal at the World Youth Championships in the Under 10 category in 2000.

In 2006 Nguyễn won the Asian Junior Under 20 Championship in New Delhi, on tiebreak over Shiyam Sundar after they both finished on 7/9 points.

In August 2014, he, Lê Quang Liêm, and other Vietnamese chess players participated in 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway. With +7=3-0 result, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son won the gold medal on Board Two thanks to his rating performance of 2843.

He repeats this feat at the 2018 Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. Playing board 2, he again won the gold medal with an identical score of +7=3-0 for 8.5/10 and an Elo rating performance of 2804.

Career highlights

  • 1999: Bronze medal, Asia U-10 Chess Championship
  • 2000: Gold medal, World U-10 Chess Championship. Second place, Vietnam's 'athlete of the year'
  • 2001: Gold medalist at the Asia U-12 Chess Championship
  • September 2002: awarded International Master title
  • December 2004: awarded International Grandmaster title. Vietnam's 'athlete of the year'
  • December 2005: Individual Rapid and Standard Chess Champion, South East Asia Games 23, Philippines.
  • February 2010: 5th place in the Aeroflot Open
  • July 2010: 2nd place in the Biel Chess Festival
  • June 2013: 5th place in World Blitz championship
  • March 2014: Winner of 4th HD Bank Cup 7/9, +5 =4
  • August 2014: Board 2 Gold medal 8.5/10, +7 =3, achieving a performance rating of 2843 in the 41st Chess Olympiad.
  • September 2017: competed at Chess World Cup
  • September 2018: Board 2 Gold medal 8.5/10, +7 =3, achieving a performance rating of 2804 in the 43rd Chess Olympiad.

Personal life

In April 2015, he married compatriot International Master Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên.

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Gender: Male
Best Known For: Becoming a Grandmaster at the age of 11 years.
Fulfilled his Potential: Yes
Citizen Of: VIetnam
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