I learned to play chess at age 6 and started competing internationally since I was 10 years old. By age 14, I had become an International Master and won one gold medal and two silver medals for World Youth Championships Under 14, 12 and 10, respectively.


I was awarded Grandmaster title, the highest in chess, at age 15. I have been consistently ranked No.1 in Vietnam and Southeast Asia since 2008, and top 40 in the world since 2011. I am a frequent participant in multiple World Cups, Olympiads, and other top level chess competitions. I studied at and played for Webster from fall 2013 to spring 2017. I served as the captain of Webster University Chess Team from 2015 to 2017, and I led the team to four consecutive U.S. collegiate national championships.


Starting from June 2021, I am the director and head coach at Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence - Webster University. I live in Saint Louis, Missouri, United States.

My most notable achievements and recognition include:

  • Became chess grandmaster at 15, one of the youngest at the time.

  • World Blitz Champion (2013).

  • World Champion Under 14 (2005).

  • Currently ranked among the top 30 in the world.

  • 2019 Asian Continental Champion.

  • 2019 World Open Champion.

  • 2019 St. Louis Summer Classic Champion.

  • 2019 ACP Tour Winner.

  • First or second place at top level tournaments such as: winner of Bay Area International Open (2019), winner of Zone 3.3 FIDE World Chess Championship (2007, 2015), winner of Aeroflot Open (2010, 2011), winner of HD Bank Open (2013, 2015, 2017), winner of SPICE Cup (2011, 2015), runner-up at Millionaire Open (2015), runner-up at Danzhou Super GM Invitational (2017, 2018), runner-up at Dortmund Invitational (2010, 2011), runner-up at Capablanca Memorial (2011), and many others.

  • Forbes Vietnam 30 Under 30 (2015).

  • Awarded three Labor Orders by the President of Vietnam (2006, 2011, 2013).

  • Awarded the title "Blitz Player of the Year" by the Asian Chess Federation (2013).