After Hoàng Thanh Trang surprisingly won the European Chess Championship a few days ago, we will take a closer look at her career as a world-class chess player. In the history of the FIDE she is the 12th woman to obtain the grandmaster title of men in 2006 which makes her one of the best female chess players in the world.
Born in Vietnam, raised in Budapest
On April 25th in 1980, Hoàng Thanh Trang was born in the Vietnamese city Hanoi. At ten years old, her family moved to Budapest where later she studied economic sciences at the University of the Hungarian Capital. When she was fifteen years old, she was already honored with the grandmaster title of women, one year later this milestone was followed by the international master title of men. In 2006, she finally became a grandmaster in the men’s category of the FIDE World Chess Association. That was the very year Trang decided to perform a switch of nations. The Hungarian Chess Federation offered her the option of switching in 1996, which she ultimately accepted in 2006.
Hoàng Thanh Trang successful for Hungary and Vietnam
In the meanwhile, Hoàng Thanh Trang has become team captain of the Hungarian women’s national team and her father is the owner of a chess hotel in the capital of Hungary. Several tries of Vietnam of convincing Trang to switch back to the Vietnamese national team were unsuccessful. After all, the 33 year-old player had achieved many successes for Vietnam, such as the U20 World Championship in 1998 or the Asian Women’s Championship in 2000. Furthermore, she was able to obtain bronze at the 35th Chess Olympics in 2002. For Hungary Hoàng Thanh Trang won 4th place at the European Chess Championship in 2007 which was followed by a surprise victory at this year’s European Championship in Belgrade.
Current number 31 in world rankings
In August 2013, Hoàng Thanh Trang’s Elo-rating amounted up to 2467. Thus, she ranks 31st in the FIDE world rankings of women. Ahead of her are almost 20 European players. The highest Elo-rating she ever achieved was 2501 points that she held from July until October 2009. Two times so far, Trang was among the Top 10 of the women world rankings of the FIDE.
Hoàng Thanh Trang
Picture: wikipedia / karpidis
written by Michael, translated by Birthe