records amazing win over reigning world rapid chess champion
Vietnam’s no. 1 chess player Le Quang Liem impressively defeated
reigning world rapid chess champion, Vassily Ivanchuk, after 41 moves in the
seventh round of the ongoing 8th Hainan Danzhou Super Grandmaster Chess
Tournament in China on July 16.
Quang Liem has remained unbeaten for 51
consecutive matches in the standard chess category.
Ivanchuk (elo 2,729) was on
the offensive for the majority of the match, but Liem (elo 2,726) maintained
a resilient and effective defence.
As it seemed to be heading towards another draw for the Vietnamese GM, Liem
seized the opportunity as Ivanchuk made mistake in move no. 37 and finished
off the most experienced competitor in the tournament, for his second win so
Ivanchuk once beat “chess king” Magnus Carlsen (Norway) in last year’s world
rapid chess championship and is also one of the most respectable masters in
the current world chess circle.
The surprising victory contributes to Liem’s total of 4.5 points after seven
rounds, just one point behind the leader, Chinese Wei Yi (elo 2,738), who was
held to a draw by Azerbaijan’s Arkadij Naiditsch.
In the eighth round scheduled for later today, Le Quang Liem will play white
against Chinese Lu Shanglei (elo 2,638), the bottom-placed player with 1.5
points, which presents a good chance for the Vietnamese star to pocket
another full point ahead of the decisive clash between himself and Wei Yi.
The Super GM tournament, which is taking place in Danzhou, China from July 9
to 18, is one of the most anticipated annual sporting events in Hainan
province. Since its inception in 2010, the tournament has always attracted
the top chess masters from across China.
A total sum of US$60,000 is up for grabs in this year’s event, with the top
three finishers to receive respective stakes of US$20,000, US$11,000 and