International Grand master (IGM) Le Quang Liem needs an annual fund of US$100,000 to train abroad, the Viet Nam Chess Federation said.
Liem, who finished second at the Sparkassen Chess Tournament in Dortmund, Germany, last week, usually plays just 10 international tournaments a year – an IGM typically plays three times that number.
The federation said it had an annual budget of just $70,000 to cover the expenses of national chess players training abroad.
The HCM City-born chess player, who is ranked 55th in the world, would be able to improve his Elo rating of 2681 by taking part in more international competitions, the federation said.
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