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Farewell, Louis

posted Jan 10, 2018, 5:28 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Jan 10, 2018, 8:47 AM ]
Bao Nghia Dong, known to team-mates as Louis, has moved from the East Midlands and is unlikely to appear again in the Notts. League.

Louis has obtained a Masters degree from Loughborough University in Business Administation and has relocated to London to continue his studies and pursue a doctorate.

Louis made 7 League appearances for Ashfield 
 15.2.17 Onos Kofi-ofuator  1
 27.2.17 R Truman   1
 29.3.17 M Barnes   1
 12.4.17 C Dorrington 0.5
 9.10.17 M Barnes   1
 18.10.17 J Tait        0
 24.10.17 J Jires      1
Louis has also appeared for the Ashfield- Breadsall 4 NCL team. He has in the last year been very active in club, county and Congress chess. He is particularly strong in Rapid and Blitz play and his chess star is rising rapidly. In December 2016, he scored 7/10 in the London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay, defeating Jovanka Houska but losing to David Howell. ( You can view this game by googling Bao Nghia Dong v Howell.)
In November, 2017 he finished 4th in the British Rapidplay Open with 7/10. In Round 8 he defeated the eventual winner, Spanish GM Daniel Alsina Leal.
In December 2017 he competed in the Lodon Chess Classic Super Blitz. He qualified from a group stage ahead of several titled players. He then won through a preliminary round in which 6 grandmasters were defeated, and won through a last 32 round in which the likes of Luke McShane, Matthew Sadler and Nils Grandelius were eliminated. He was the only untitled player to reach the last 16 alongside 13 GMs  and 2 IMs.

Being based in London should greatly increase Louis' playing opportunities. On behalf of our Club, I'd like to wish Louis good luck in his future studies and chess. We'll be following his progress in chess with interest. His departure creates a playing opportunity for another Louis or Pablo, or player of their ilk, to turn out for us in the Notts Chess League.!  .