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.

Quang Liem left 28 ... Qf6 after more than two minutes of thinking.  He intended to pin the d4 code, because the black queen threatened to capture the b2 statue.  The computer suggests White to protect b2 by 29.Rab1 or 29.Re2.  But Nakamura didn't mind, but went 29.Rac1.

Quang Liem left 28 … Qf6 after more than two minutes of thinking. He intended to pin the d4 code, because the black queen threatened to capture the b2 statue. The computer suggests White to protect b2 by 29.Rab1 or 29.Re2. But Nakamura didn’t mind, but went 29.Rac1.

29 ... Rxb5, Quang Liem's ​​first move, only after a second thought.  Black left the car, exchanged for b2 statue.  Nakamura accepted the strike immediately.

29 … Rxb5, Quang Liem’s ​​first move, only after a second thought. Black left the car, exchanged for b2 statue. Nakamura accepted the strike immediately.

Posture after 30 ... Qxb2.  Two players in a row went to the army in lightning.  Nakamura then captured the d5 code, reducing the pressure on the white pawn e3, while removing the black pawn c7.  Quang Liem also responded immediately with 31 ... Bxd5.

Posture after 30 … Qxb2. Two players in a row went to the army in lightning. Nakamura then captured the d5 code, reducing the pressure on the white pawn e3, while removing the black pawn c7. Quang Liem also responded immediately with 31 … Bxd5.

Posture after 32.Nxc7.  Again Nakamura walked in an instant.  Not only did the c7 eat well, the white code threatened to catch the e8 and the d5 statue.  At this point perhaps the American chess player thinks that White is dominant.  But, there was only one move to help Black turn the tide, and Quang Liem looked away in the blink of an eye.

Posture after 32.Nxc7. Again Nakamura walked in an instant. Not only did the c7 eat well, the white code threatened to catch the e8 and the d5 statue. At this point perhaps the American chess player thinks that White is dominant. But, there was only one move to help Black turn the tide, and Quang Liem looked away in the blink of an eye.

32 ... Rxe3, and Nakamura had to lose the tail, lose the car or be checked out.  If White uses the rear to catch e3, Black will check with Qg2.  If White uses the vehicle to catch e3 or runs to h4, the black rear catches the c1 vehicle to check, then continues to code c7.  White's other choices all led to losing g3.  Black prevails too big wins.

32 … Rxe3, and Nakamura had to lose the tail, lose the car or be checked out. If White uses the rear to catch the e3 vehicle, Black pays off with Qg2. If White uses the vehicle to catch e3 or runs to h4, the black rear catches the c1 vehicle to check, then continues to code c7. White’s other choices all led to losing g3. Black prevails too big wins.

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.

Quang Liem entered the top 8 for the first time after defeating Nakamura.  Screenshots

Quang Liem entered the top 8 for the first time after defeating Nakamura. Screenshots

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

TT Chess players nationality Elo flag fast Point
first Giri Netherlands 2731 6.5
2 Nail China 2836 6
3 Carlsen Norway 2881 6
4 So America 2741 6
5 Nakamura America 2829 5.5
6 Vachier-Lagrave France 2860 5.5
7 Nepomniachtchi Russia 2778 5.5
8 Radjabov Azerbaijan 2758 5
9 Anton Spain 2667 5
ten Firouzja Iran 2703 5
11 Quang Liem Vietnam 2744 4.5
twelfth Aronian Armenia 2778 4.5
13 Karjakin Russia 2709 4.5
14 Svidler Russia 2742 4
15 Gujrathi India 2636 3.5
16 Duda Poland 2774 3

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.

Xuan Binh


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