Negi Wins Asian Continental Championship
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The 11th Asian Continental Chess Championships have reached a conclusion in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The championships ran from 5-13 May, and the main Open event was won by 19 year-old Parimarjan Negi of India (pictured).
Negi won the 9-round Swiss competition despite a last-round loss. He finished level on 7 points with Yu Yangyi of China, but was awarded the title since he had beaten Yu in their individual encounter in round 6.
Negi's championship victory came ahead of a strong Asian field which included Le Quang Liem, Ding Liren, Ni Hua, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Wesley So.
Top seed Le Quang Liem never fully recovered from a surprise first round loss. The full results can be found here. The total prize fund was $65,000, with the winner receiving $6,000.
Irine Kharisma Sukander of Indonesia won the women's championship, and Wesley So won the blitz championship held on the final day.
The top 20 places in the main Open were:
|3||Salem A R Saleh||UAE||2528||6.5|
|12||Gomez John Paul||PHI||2507||5.5|
|16||Le Quang Liem||VIE||2703||5.5|
|19||Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son||VIE||2656||5.5|
|20||Vidit Santosh Gujrathi||IND||2528||5.5|
The playing hall at the First Hotel in Ho Chi Minh city.
Picture from the official website.