This is Vietnam’s sixth world youth title in the history of the tournament, following Dao Thien Hai (U-16, 1993), Nguyen Thi Dung (U-12, 1994), Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (U-10, 2000), Le Quang Liem (U-14, 2005), and Tran Minh Thang (U-8, 2008).
Another Vietnamese hope, Nguyen Thi Mai Hung, missed the bronze medal in the girls’ U-18 division despite her 11th round match victory, ending up in fourth place with eight points in all.
The annual event, which took place in Maribor, Slovenia on November 7-19, featured 1,587 boys and girls from 91 countries and territories around the world, competing in five different age divisions ranging from U-8 to U-18.
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