Mr. Sok Lim Heng from Phnom Penh capital was named Sdech Ok (King of Chess) after beating Mr. Chheav Bora from Kampong Cham province in the final round of the 2018 Cambodia Chess Competition held yesterday in front of Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province.
The event, televised live by Bayon TV, was presided over by H.E. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and President of National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC); H.E. Hun Many, President of Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia (UYFC); and H.E. Khim Bunsong, Governor of Siem Reap province.
Mr. Sok Lim Heg, a 19-year-old freshman, won a cash prize of 10 million Riel (some 4,000 Riel equal to US$1) while the two runners up, Mr. Chheav Bora, 28, who was Sdech Ok for two consecutive years (2014-2015), and Mr. Thim Dina, 32, from Kampong Cham province got 6 million Riel and 4 million Riel, respectively. Mr. Siv Sin, 28, from Takeo province obtained the 4th place with 800,000 Riel.
In addition, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen and his spouse awarded the champion with 20 million Riel, the 2nd winner with 12 million Riel, the 3rd winner with 8 million Riel, and the 4th winner with 4 million Riel.
The 2018 Cambodia Chess Competition was jointly organised by NOCC and UYFC as part of the 2018 Angkor Sankranta held from Apr. 13 to 16 in Siem Reap province to celebrate the Khmer Traditional New Year.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press