Chess player Le Quang Liem was led by Hikaru Nakamura on the first quarter-finals of the New in Chess Classic on the morning of April 28.

Quang Liem took the black army, losing the first game of the day. In the remaining three games, he tried to pick the complicated variables in the opening, but Nakamura both fended off well and held a tie. The result after the first day was 2.5-1.5 for the American player, causing Quang Liem to win on the second day to win a place in the semi-finals.

Quang Liem (left) and Nakamura are both in the US but have to play online.  Screenshots

Quang Liem (left) and Nakamura are both in the US but have to play online. Screenshots

The key was in the first game, when Quang Liem entered the end, really well. The car’s maneuverability and code helped Nakamura push the black king out of the fight and threaten to level him. Quang Liem requested to lose after 48 moves.

In the following three games, there was no time for Quang Liem to come close to victory. Nakamura, along with Carlsen, has yet to lose a game at the tournament.

In the remaining three matches, Levon Aronian and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov both led Wesley So and Alireza Firouzja. Chess King Magnus Carlsen was held by Teimour Radjabov for all four games.

The second day, also the last day, of the quarterfinals took place from 0:00 on April 29, Hanoi time. Quang Liem is in the US, so he will fight during the day.

New in Chess Classic is part of the Champions Chess Tour system organized by Carlsen’s company. This system has a prize fund of 1.5 million USD, and the prize for New in Chess Classic is 100,000 USD.

In the quarterfinals, each pair played for two days, four games each day, quickly won and lost. The player who wins one day, and at least draws the other day, will continue. If you win one day and lose the other day, or draw both days, you will play a tie-break with two lightning games. If they still tie after these two games, they play an armageddon game: White has five minutes, Black has four minutes, if a draw Black will continue.

Xuan Binh

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