Le Quang Liem - Chess Career

Chess Career

During August–September 2008, he won the 1st Dragon Capital Vietnam chess open with 7/9. In September 2009, he won the 4th Kolkata Open Chess Tournament ahead of 13 higher-rated players. In February 2010, he won the 9th Aeroflot Open with 7/9, earning him an invitation to the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting. In the same year he tied for 1st-4th with Konstantin Chernyshov, Evgeny Bareev and Ernesto Inarkiev in the Moscow Open.

From July 15 through the 25th, he took part in his first elite invitational tournament in Dortmund, in a field consisting of nine-time Dortmund champion and former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, world No. 6 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, former FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov, 2004 World Chess Championship challenger Peter Leko, and one-time Dortmund champion Arkadij Naiditsch. Facing Kramnik with the black pieces in the opening round, Le held the former world champion to a draw, and after defeating the eventual winner Ponomariov in round 4, and Leko in round 5, Le finished with five consecutive draws to secure clear second place with 5½/10 and a performance rating of 2776.

From August 28, 2010 to September 3, 2010, he participated in 1st Campomanes Memorial Cup Open in the Philippines. His final score was 7/9, a shared first place with GM Zhao Jun of China. However, GM Le yielded the crown to GM Zhao via tiebreak score. After this tournament GM Le gained a total of 6.8 Elo points, which put him above 2700 points in the live rankings by 0.8.

From February 7, 2011 to February 18, 2011, he once again participated in Aeroflot Open and successfully defended the title. His score was 6½/9, a shared first place with GM Nikita Vitiugov and GM Evgeny Tomashevsky. He is the only player to have won Aeroflot Open twice. His win automatically qualifies him for a return invitation to the Dortmund Invitational, where he competed in a field that included Vladimir Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, and Ruslan Ponomariov among others.

From May 10, 2011 to May 21, 2011, he was invited to play in the Elite Group of Capablanca Memorial Tournament, a very strong field of players (FIDE category 19) including reigning champion GM Vassily Ivanchuk, Latin-America's number one GM Leinier Domínguez, Czech Republic's number one GM David Navara, GM Lázaro Bruzón of Cuba and GM Dmitry Andreikin of Russia. After the final round defeat, his score was 6½/10, a shared first place but ranked second after GM Ivanchuk via tiebreak score.

From October 12, 2012 to October 21, 2012, he once again participated in the 2012 SPICE Cup, the highest rated international invitational round robin tournament in US history (FIDE category 18) including Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ding Liren, Wesley So, Georg Meier, and Csaba Balogh. He was undefeated but finished in a tie for 2nd with Ding Liren, 1/2 point behind the winner Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. After the tournament, he accepted a 4 year scholarship to attend Webster University, starting in August 2013.

From March 19, 2013 to March 24, 2013, he once again participated in the 2013 HD Bank Cup Open, the highest rated international invitational tournament in Viet Nam including Ferenc Berkes, (Elo 2702), Yuyangi (Elo 2696), Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Elo 2647), JouJianChao (Elo 2595) and many chess player from other countries. He was undefeated with 6 win games, 3 draw games, scored 7½/9 and tie for 1st in the final ranking. His current Elo is 2716,8 and ranks 30th in the world.

From May 16, 2013 to May 26, 2013, he participated in the 2013 Asian Continental Chess Championships was held in Philipines. He finished at 4th with 6½/9 in the classical part and tied for 1st in the blitz part with 8½/9.

From June 06, 2013 to June 08, 2013, he took part in the 2013 World Rapid Chess Championship, held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. He finished 4th, with 10/15, behind the Mamedyarov (11½/15), Nepomniachtchi (11/15) and Grischuk (10½/15). After that he participated in World Blitz Chess Championship, which he won, scoring 20½/30.

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