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First contemporary art museum in Vietnam debuts



The Flamingo Contemporary Art Museum (FCAM), the first of its kind in Vietnam, officially made its debut and commenced operations on December 26, open to visitors from 9am to 5pm every day.

Deputy Director of the Vinh Phuc Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Duong Quang Ung (R) presents congratulatory flowers to FCAM Director Vu Hong Nguyen.

FCAM currently features two display areas, outdoor and indoor. The outdoor section showcases 56 sculptures along with sculptures incorporating installation art of various sizes, weights and materials. These works are scattered across the Flamingo Dai Lai Resort complex in the northern province of Vinh Phuc.

The indoor section includes a cluster of containers in the four-hectare pine forest campus, introducing 70 paintings, small sculptures and installation artworks. The works of art displayed in containers are also very diverse in their use of materials, from lacquer, oil paint, acrylic, silk, wood and stone to synthetic materials.

Especially, FCAM not only features works of domestic artists but also of artists from more than 10 countries around the world, including the Republic of Korea, Japan, the United States, Nepal, Italy, Spain and Singapore.

FCAM is the result of the Art in the Forest project, which has been sponsored by Flamingo Holding Group for many years. After a period of preparation, work started on the project in 2016, with international sculpture, painting, and contemporary art camps held annually alongside other art collection programmes.

The two display areas are just the initial step for FCAM. The museum’s management board is outlining more specific plans for the next moves, including the expansion and upgrade of the display spaces.

“We are clearly aware of limitations from displaying arts works in containers. Due to the impact of natural light through glass walls and the limited space, it is still unlikely that certain arts forms such as installation art and video art will be exhibited. These shortcomings will soon be addressed in FCAM’s next steps,” said Tran Diep, a representative of the museum’s management board. Nhan Dan



Vietnamese chess star advances to int’l championship’s quarterfinals



Vietnamese chess master Le Quang Liem has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Generation Cup 2022 despite two draws and one defeat on Thursday morning (Vietnam time) – the fourth day of the online tournament.

The Julius Baer Generation Cup is a tournament in the Champions Chess Tour 2022 with the participation of 16 players.

The prize money is US$150,000 in cash, with the champion receiving $25,000. 

In the first round, the players played 15 round-robin rapid chess games, gaining three points for each victory and one point for a draw. 

The eight players with the highest scores will advance to the quarterfinals.

Liem placed third in the rankings with 20 points after 12 games of the first three days of the competition.

This poster shows the eight qualifiers of the quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Generation Cup 2022, including Vietnamese chess ace Le Quang Liem. Photo: Chess24

This poster shows the eight qualifiers of the quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Generation Cup 2022, including Vietnamese chess ace Le Quang Liem. Photo: Chess24

His Games 13 and 14 on Thursday ended in draws against World Cup champion Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Israel’s Boris Gelfand, respectively.

Liem then unexpectedly lost to 16-year-old American Christopher Woojin Yoo in the last game.

The Vietnamese chess player finished the round in sixth place with 22 points after 15 games, thereby securing a slot in the quarterfinals.

‘Chess king’ Magnus Carlsen is the round leader with 34 points.

Liem is set to compete against Hans Niemann from the U.S., who is ranked third, in the next game.

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Vietnamese youngsters make world 3-cushion championship debuts




Lê Xuân Ân is one of Việt Nam’s two representatives at the 13th World Championship 3-Cushion Juniors in Heerhugowaard, the Netherlands, on September 23-25. Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has had two representatives competing at the 13th World Championship 3-Cushion Juniors (U22) in Heerhugowaard in the Netherlands for the first time.

Lê Xuân Ân and Nguyễn Hoài Phong are facing 22 other competitors, including ten from Europe, four from America, six from Asia and two from Africa on September 23-25.

Ân secured his slot after winning the HCM City 3-Cushion Junior Open, which lured more than 130 athletes nationwide in late July.

He defeated Phong in the final after an incredible last inning that brought him eight points and wrapped the match at 35-21.

Phong, who was second, is also enjoying the world championships for the first time in his career.

“I travelled from Huế to HCM City for the tournament, dreaming of winning the tournament like all other athletes. I met a lot of difficulty before taking the title,” Ân said.

“I am happy to qualify for the world championship. It is a little nervous because it is my first time, and I don’t know about our rivals, so I just want to go as far as possible,” Ân said.

“I will try to perform my best and grab high results for Việt Nam’s billiards. It will be a big ‘thank you’ to our coaches and sponsors who give me this opportunity,” he said.

Meanwhile, Phong wishes he had more time to train before competing in Heerhugowaard.

Ân, 20, is from Thừa Thiên Huế Province and is a player of HCM City. He began playing billiards when he was six and has been pro for four years. He has tested his ability in the national championship twice. 

Phong, 19, is an An Giang Province native living in HCM City. He has played billiards for four years.

It is also the first time they are participating in a competition abroad.

The duo, under coach Đặng Đình Tiến, landed in the Netherland yesterday and had two days of training ahead of the competition.

Although it is the first time the Vietnamese young competitors are at the tournament, Việt Nam’s billiards is well-known around the world with famed players such as Trần Quyết Chiến, Nguyễn Quốc Nguyện, Mã Minh Cẩm, Mã Xuân Cường, and Ngô Đình Nại.

An article posted on the European Billiard Confederation’s website states: “It’s not easy to guess the winner. The talented youngsters from Turkey and the other European countries will face a great challenge from their Asian opponents.”

Meanwhile, 35-time world championship winner Raymond Ceulemans of Belgium also praised Vietnamese athletes, saying: ”Belgians and the Netherlands were on top in billiards for years, now [South] Korea, Việt Nam and Turkey have become leading.”

In Heerhugowaard, 24 players are divided into eight groups of three. The best two of each group will advance to the last 16 knock-out rounds.

“Because of limited time, we do not change their playing style but try to train them new skills. As a result, they have progressed dramatically after several weeks,” said coach Tiến, a former SEA Games champion.

“As it is their first time, the matter of mentality is important. We also strengthened their mindset, hoping that they will be in good and stable spirits throughout their matches.

“Another issue is that we don’t have information of other athletes, we only notice that they are trained very well. We don’t expect to take a high ranking but to make the world alert about Việt Nam’s billiards,” Tiến said.

Nguyễn Hoàng Yến Nhi competes in Group H at the ongoing 10th World Championship 3-Cushion Ladies. Photo

The 10th World Championship 3-Cushion Ladies is ongoing with the same format and at the same venue in Heerhugowaard.

Việt Nam is represented by Phùng Kiện Tường and Nguyễn Hoàng Yến Nhi.

Tường is in Group B against Pruim Mirjam of the hosts and Cardoso Estela of Spain. 

Nhi is in Group H playing Mortensen Marianne of Denmark and Gok Arzu of Turkey. 

Therese Klompenhouwer of the hosts is the defending champion and favourite for this event. She will try to win her fifth world title. The final is scheduled for Thursday. VNS


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Hà Nội Basketball Championship first season to start on September 21




Ba Đình Basketball Club players training on September 6. They will compete in the first-ever semi-pro Hà Nội Basketball Championship on September 21-October 2. — Photo courtesy of Ba Đình Basketball Club

HÀ NỘI — The 2022 Hà Nội Basketball Championship (HBC) will tip-off on September 21 with 12 clubs competing for the men’s and women’s trophies.

It will be the first-ever semi-pro basketball tournament, themed ‘Beyond the Game’, in Việt Nam with more than VNĐ150 million (US$6,300) up for grabs.

The HBC 2022 is co-organised by the Việt Nam Basketball Federation, Việt Nam Cable Television (VTVcab), and New Sports Company.

Four women’s teams will compete in a round-robin format to find out the winner at the Thanh Trì Gymnasium.

Meanwhile, eight men’s squads will be divided into two groups and take part in a round-robin competition; the two strongest ones of each group will advance to the next stage. 

The men’s teams include Hidden Dragons, The Zoo, Dwarf, Scorpius, Ba Đình, and Hà Nội Team.

There will have at least two matches organised every day from 6pm. The final is scheduled for October 2. All matches are free for supporters.  

To increase the quality of the tournament, each club is allowed to register an unlimited number of overseas Vietnamese players and two foreigners who are living and working in Việt Nam. However, only one foreigner is allowed to play on the court.

For the first time, dancers of the Street Dance Việt Nam television show will be invited to cheer up the game.

Those who cannot come to support and join the dances in person can watch live on VTVcab platforms such as ON Sports channel, ON and ON Sports TV apps, ON Sports facebook, and Youtube ON Bóng rổ.

“Although it is our first time, we expect the tournament will be an annual event not only in Hà Nội but also in other cities and provinces,” said Tô Duy, head of the organising board.

“We have invited the best and long-time clubs in the city to compete for a huge bonus. We want to commercialise the event to push clubs to become pro ones.

“We also plan to add entertainment activities through the competition so hip hop dance and dancers from the Street Dance Việt Nam are invited to make HBC more attractive,” he said.

A press conference announcing the first HBC in Hà Nội on September 15. — Photo courtesy of HBC organising board.

Organisers believe this decision will help local amateur players sharpen their technique and skills and learn from their pro colleagues. Scouts of the Việt Nam Basketball Association teams will also be seeking out talents to improve their line-up for the coming seasons.

The organisers also hope that HBC 2022 will promote the basketball movement in the city and Việt Nam in general, and encourage fitness and exercise in Việt Nam.

The success of the first championship will be a strong push for organisers to carry out events in other localities and to further the national championship, and the bonus will be bigger in the next season.  VNS


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