Chess player Le Quang Liem earned 2.5 points on the second day of the Skilling Open online fast chess super tournament on November 24, raising hopes for the quarterfinals.
Right in the first game of the second day, Quang Liem unexpectedly knocked the world number one lightning player Hikaru Nakamura. Taking the white army, Nakamura took the initiative to attack successfully and put great pressure on Quang Liem. But the number one chess player in Vietnam saw a coordinated attack, consecutively fighting and putting Nakamura in motion.
It can be said that when he was behind f6 in country 28, Quang Liem had anticipated the possibilities for at least the next five countries. Nakamura was also confident in his own calculation ability, so he walked lightning fast like his opponent. But, with the 32nd country racing, Quang Liem showed that he had at least one step ahead of the world’s number one lightning chess player..
Nakamura tried to endure to go to country 46 to surrender, thereby losing the first game of the tournament. And Quang Liem entered the top 8 for the first time – a position that would be in the quarterfinals. But, in the next game, the HCM City player lost to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – the second fastest chess player in the world, and dropped out of the top 8. In the fourth game of the day, Quang Liem lost to his rival Wesley So, after when Vidit Gujrathi held a draw. Vietnam’s number one player ended the day with a victory over Peter Svidler, to raise hopes for the top 8.
After 10 games, Quang Liem ranked 11th with 4.5 points, half a point behind Teimour Radjabov’s eighth place. On the third match day from 0:00, Wednesday 25/11, Hanoi time, the last round five round matches. Quang Liem’s opponents were Ian Nepomniachtchi, Magnus Carlsen, Radjabov, David Anton and Alireza Firouzja respectively.
After the second day, Anish Giri was still at the top of the table with 6.5 points, from five consecutive draws. Carlsen fell to third after losing to Sergey Karjakin.
Scoreboard after 10 games
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The Skilling Open Super tournament takes place from November 23 to December 1, the match day starts at 0 o’clock, Hanoi time. The tournament brings together 16 chess players, of which 15 are in the top 30 in the world. They play fast chess online on Chess24, each player has 15 minutes, adding 10 seconds after each move. They played in a circle, picking out the eight highest scoring players in the quarterfinals. Skilling Open belongs to the Champions Chess Tour system, with a total prize of 1.5 million USD.
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