It is the first competition for international Grandmasters hosted by Vietnam, organized by the Vietnam Sports Administration under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and The Grand Ho Tram.

Vietnam’s top chess player Le Quang Liem (L) and his Indian rival Suri Vaibhav during a game at the 2020 Gibraltar International Chess Festival.

The event is expected to draw 22 Vietnamese Grandmasters, eight of them female, who have an Elo rating of between 2200 and 2400 awarded by the international chess governing body FIDE.

Each male contestant will play seven matches while their female counterparts will compete in a round robin format.

The winner of men’s contest will walk home with a prize of 200 million VND (8,640 USD) while the female champion receives a prize worth 100 million VND.

Source: VNA