Vietnam’s number one chess player – Le Quang Liem – has the opportunity to re-match King Magnus Carlsen, in the fifth stage of the Champions Chess Tour system.

“I was invited to the Carlsen tournament from April 24 to May 2, and wanted to focus on this online tournament,” Quang Liem said. VnExpress April 14.

Quang Liem had a chance to compete against Carlsen once more, even at online chess.  Photo: GCT

Quang Liem had a chance to compete against Carlsen once more, even at online chess. Image: GCT

For the second time, Quang Liem was invited to the Champions Chess Tour 2020-2021. First arrival at Skilling Open, the first stage in the system, November 2020. At that time, Quang Liem earned eight points and ranked 10th out of 16 players. He is equal to three other players in the top 8, but could not make it to the quarterfinals due to the lower sub-stats. There, Quang Liem also held Carlsen for the first time, after losing six games.

The official name and list of players participating in the fifth leg of the Champions Chess Tour have not been announced. But apart from Quang Liem and Carlsen, there will be at least 15 year old Indian prodigy – Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. He received an invitation to attend thanks to winning the Polgar Challenge on April 11.

Carlsen has yet to win any leg of the Champions Chess Tour 2020-2021, and finished runner-up twice. In the past four races, Wesley So finished first twice, both in Regular. In the two Major tournaments, Teimour Radjabov and Anish Giri won respectively.

The fifth stage coincides with the Candidates – the prize that chooses the challenger to the throne of Carlsen’s Chess. So familiar players of the Champions Chess Tour such as Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave will choose to attend Candidates.

The fifth leg is the Regular Prize, with the prize pool of $ 100,000, which is half the Major. The winner of the leg will receive $ 30,000. The tournament still consists of 16 players participating in the tournament, playing in a quick one-turn circle to select the top 8 in the quarter-finals. The prize fund of this Champions Chess Tour season is up to 1.5 million USD.

Xuan Binh


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