Le Quang Liem quickly beat Dutch player Benjamin Bok 4.5-0.5 in the quarterfinals of the Banter Blitz online chess tournament on the evening of July 5.

The position in the third game between Quang Liem and Benjamin Bok.  Screenshots

The position in the third game between Quang Liem and Benjamin Bok. Image: Screen capture

Quang Liem took only five games to beat Bok – the number three Dutch player. After drawing the first game with a black piece, the number one player in Vietnam won the next four games to end the match after 47 minutes.

Quang Liem’s ​​opponent in the semi-finals is the 18-year-old Kirill Shevchenko, scheduled to take place on the evening of 7/7. The Ukrainian player unexpectedly defeated second seed Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 5-2 in the quarterfinals. If he wins against Shevchenko, Quang Liem will enter the final and win a place in either the Champions Chess Tour or the San Fermin Mundial. If he wins in the final, Quang Liem has the right to choose to participate in one of these two prizes.

The San Fermin Mundial chess tournament with a prize fund of $60,000, is part of the Bull Racing Festival system in Pamplona, ​​Spain. San Fermin Mundial 2021 brings together eight players, of which four in the top 10 in the world are Chess Kings Magnus Carlsen, Dinh Lap Nhan, Levon Aronian and Wesley So, taking place on July 13 and 14 in the knockout format. fast forward. Quang Liem’s ​​ability to participate in this tournament is not high because it is difficult for him to get a visa to Spain in less than a week.

And Champions Chess Tour is an online fast chess tournament system with a prize fund of 1.5 million USD. If he wins a place in the Champions Chess Tour, Quang Liem will play the eighth stage of the tournament from July 31 to August 8. There, Quang Liem still had the opportunity to reunite with Carlsen and many other players.

Xuan Binh

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