Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn

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In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Nguyễn, but is often simplified to Nguyen in English-language text. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Sơn.
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
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Full name Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn
Country Vietnam
Born (1990-02-23) 23 February 1990 (age 27)
Rach Soi, Rach Gia, Kien Giang Province, Vietnam
Title Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2632 (April 2017)
Peak rating 2665 (November 2011)

Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn (born 23 February 1990 in Rach Soi, Rach Gia, Kien Giang Province) is a leading Vietnamese chess player. He is Vietnam's youngest Grandmaster ever,[1] and one of the youngest grandmasters in the history of the game, having qualified for the title at the age of fourteen.[2]

Chess career[edit]

Nguyễn learnt to play chess at the age of 3. He won the gold medal at the World Under-10 Championship in 2000.

In 2006 Nguyễn won the Asian Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship in New Dehli, on tiebreak over Shiyam Sundar after they both finished on 7/9 points.[3][4]

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.[5][6]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 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: 4th 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.

Personal life[edit]

In April 2015, he married compatriot International Master Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên.[7]


  1. ^ "Int'l chess youth prodigy touches gold for Vietnam". Voice of Vietnam News. Archived from the original on 2005-03-23. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "The world's second-youngest grandmaster". ChessBase. 2004-12-19. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son". Chess Network Company. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Vietnamese takes Asia junior chess champs". Viet Nam News. 2006-11-16. Retrieved 9 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Vietnam team result
  6. ^ Tromso Final report from Chessbase
  7. ^ Cặp đôi làng cờ Trường Sơn - Thảo Nguyên nên duyên vợ chồng (Vietnamese)

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