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Vietnamese chess star Le Quang Liem competes against 15 top players at Skilling Open

Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem is joining 15 other leading players in the Skilling Open rapid chess tournament being played on Chess24 between November 22 and 30.

The event, which is the first stop of the US$1.5 million 2020-2021 Champions Chess Tour, features seven players from the world’s top 10, including Magnus Carlsen (no. 1), Ding Liren (no. 3), Ian Nepomniachtchi (no. 4), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (no. 5), Levon Aronian (no. 6), Wesley So (no. 9), and Teimour Radjabov (no. 10).

Vietnamese chess star, Le Quang Liem, 15 top players, Skilling Open, Chess24, rapid chess tournament, single round robin tournament

Top Vietnamese chess player Le Quang Liem.

The others are Hikaru Nakamura, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Peter Svidler, Anish Giri, Sergey Karjakin, Alireza Firouzja, David Anton and Vidit Gujrathi, with David Anton being the only one from outside of the world’s top 30 in terms of standard chess.

A single round robin tournament is being played with five rounds per day. The top eight will advance to a six-day knockout, with two days each for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final.

After the first five rounds on November 23, Quang Liem had earned two points following one win over Sergey Karjakin (Round 5), two draws with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Round 2) and Ding Liren (Round 3), and two defeats against Levon Aronian (Round 1) and Anish Giri (Round 4).

Concluding the first day, the Vietnamese chess ace settled for 11th place, level with Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Peter Svidler and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on two points.

Vietnamese chess star, Le Quang Liem, 15 top players, Skilling Open, Chess24, rapid chess tournament, single round robin tournament

The 16 competitors in the Skilling Open.

To everyone’s surprise, Anish Giri occupied Day 1’s top spot with four points earned from wins over Quang Liem, Karjakin and Vidit Gujrathi, and draws against Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura. Meanwhile, chess king Magnus Carlsen ranks second with 3.5 points after three wins, one draw and one loss.

On the second day (November 24), Quang Liem will play Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Gujrathi, Wesley So and Svidler.

The Skilling Open offered a total prize fund of US$100,000, with US$30,000 for the champion. Other stakes include US$15,000 for the runner-up, US$7,500 for semifinalists, US$5,000 for quarterfinals and US$2,500 for preliminaries.

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Source: NDO

Vietnamese chess star, Le Quang Liem, 15 top players, Skilling Open, Chess24, rapid chess tournament, single round robin tournament
 
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