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GM Bui Vinh loves Chess and Vietnam

by Peter Long - 15/05/2024

Vietnam currently has 13 Grandmasters. One of the GMs, Bui Vinh, decided to use his experience, ambition and passion, develop the next generation of young talents. It led to the formation of his academy - The Future Grandmasters Chess Club in Hanoi in 2014. He realized that despite the sport being popular and well supported one, there was a lack of opportunities for his compatriots to gain ratings and earn title norms. Thus, he started his first GM/IM-norm tournaments in 2022. Check out how a Grandmaster attained the FA and subsequently IA title, created not only more norms and titles for players but also for arbiter. Peter Long who is participating IM A group, writes all in this report. Photos: FM FT IA Peter Long

A Passionate and Ambitious GM

After a successful completing his Grandmaster title in Hungary, Bui Vinh returned to his homeland in 2008. From his experience to achieve the GM title, Bui Vinh found a new ambition and passion - to develop the next generation of young Vietnamese talents, and which led to him starting his academy - The Future Grandmaster Chess Club - in Hanoi in 2014. Despite chess being a popular and well supported sport, Bui Vinh recognised there was still a lack of opportunities for players in his country to increase their ratings and to get title norms, and with that he started his first GM/IM tournament in Hanoi in 2022.


The full list:

1. Hanoi GM/IM Tournament from 23rd to 29th May 2022

2. Hanoi IM/FM/CM Tournament from 25th July to 8th Oct 2022

3. Hanoi GM/IM/FM Tournament from 22nd to 27th May 2023

4. Hanoi GM/IM Tournament from 30th May to 6th June 2023

5. Hanoi GM/IM Tournament from 19th to 25th March 2023

6. Hanoi GM/IM Tournament from 23rd to 29th May 2023

7. Hanoi GM/IM Tournament from 21st to 25th March 2024

8. Hanoi GM/IM Tournament from 26th to 31st March 2024

9. Quang Ninh GM/IM/FM Tournament from 14th to 19th May 2024 

10. Hanoi GM/IM/FM Tournament from 21st to 26th May 2024


Initially it was not easy doing this but Bui Vinh persevered, subsequently adding the FA title in 2022 and the IA title in 2023 as he gained experience and expertise. At the same time these events have helped build arbiter capacity in Vietnam, with many getting FA and IA title norms.

GM & IA Bui Vinh at work

Today, with many successful rating increases, title and arbiter norms completed, Bui Vinh is already looking to add an International Open. Of these, no less than 11 players have achieved title norms.



Jingyao Tin (Singapore - 2022)

Dao Minh Nhat (Vietnam - 2023)

Ilamparthi A R (India - 2023)

Daniel Quinzon (Philippines - 2024)

Mohammad Fahad Rahman (Bangladesh - 2024)



Dao Minh Nhat (Vietnam - 2022)

Banh Gia Huy (Vietnam - 2023)

Soham Kamotra (India – 2023)

Pham Tran Gia Phuc (Vietnam – 2024)

Dao Khuong Duy (Vietnam - 2024)

Ethan Vaz (India - 2024)


Currently, Bui Vinh is organising back to back rating and title norm tournaments in Ha Long and Hanoi. The Quang Ninh GM/IM/FM tournament is taking place from 13th to 19th May and even oversubscribed and so an additional GM tournament had to be added!

The Quang Ninh Exhibition Hall in Ha Long where the tournament is taking place

Pre event setup

Vietnam Chess Federation General Secretary Nguyễn Minh Thắng officiated at the Opening Ceremony

Vietnam is a patriotic country. Here is the flag presentation at the singing of the national anthem

Trophies for the winners

Participants in the GM Groups receiving souvenir gifts

A closer look at the souvenir

GM Nguyen Anh Dung is the local enabler in Ha Long and is also playing!

About 136 km away, this is some island in sea next to exhibition centre, an amazing scenic view around the venue

Hanoi will however just be GM/IM


In December 2024, Bui Vinh will organise yet another GM/IM/FM in Hanoi together with the City’s first International Open. When asked of his motivation and success, the modest GM-IA, clearly showed his love for chess and expressed his joy at the many young Vietnam talents breaking through. Bui Vinh especially wanted to acknowledge the great support of the Vietnamese government and various provincial authorities, the Vietnamese Chess Federation, and his many grandmaster colleagues in Vietnam together with many well-wishers internationally who believe in and support what he is doing to develop chess

GMs Nguyen Van Huy and Nguyen Duc Hoa are just two veteran national team members playing to support this initiative

Check out a video from the tournaments.

Round 2 results in GM1

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
FMRahman Masruri½ - ½FMBanh Gia Huy
GMNguyen Duc Hoa½ - ½GMTu Hoang Thong
IMLaohawirapap Prin½ - ½FMPham Tran Gia Phuc
FMAditya Varun Gampa1 - 0FMTha Zan
GMPriasmoro Novendra1 - 0IMQuizon Daniel


Standings after Round 2

Rk.SNo NameGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
GMPriasmoro NovendraGM1INA24962021,511,50106,8
IMLaohawirapap PrinGM1THA23481,501110,502014,4
FMBanh Gia HuyGM1VIE23841,50110,50,75103,6
IMQuizon DanielGM1PHI2457101321,0010-1,3
FMAditya Varun GampaGM1IND2325101110,00206,6
FMPham Tran Gia PhucGM1VIE24241002,51,51,2510-2
GMNguyen Duc HoaGM1VIE23501001,510,75101,5
FMRahman MasruriGM1INA22810,5003,520,7520-1,8
GMTu Hoang ThongGM1VIE23830,5002,51,50,5010-5,5
FMTha ZanGM1MYA24340002,51,50,0010-12,7


Round 2 results in IM A

Bo.No.FEDRtg NameResultName FEDRtgNo.
FMLong Peter0 - 1FMHarshad S
FMVrashank Chouhan0 - 1IMFirman Syah Farid
IMYoung Angelo½ - ½IMDe Guzman Ricardo
CMNguyen Manh Duc½ - ½Dang Anh Minh
GMNguyen Van Huy1 - 0CMAashman Gupta


Standings after Round 2

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
IMFirman Syah FaridINA23922021,511,50105,6
GMNguyen Van HuyVIE23622020,50,50,50107
FMHarshad SIND2247101220,00204,8
Dang Anh MinhVIE2158100211,0040-6,4
IMYoung AngeloPHI2165100211,00101,5
IMDe Guzman RicardoPHI22821001,510,7510-2,7
CMNguyen Manh DucVIE20291001,510,754016,8
CMAashman GuptaIND22190,500320,5040-22,4
FMVrashank ChouhanIND21990,500320,5020-2,8
FMLong PeterMAS2285000320,0020-18,8


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