Vietnam’s number one chess player Le Quang Liem met Chess King Magnus Carlsen, in the second game of the New in Chess Classic online chess tournament on the night of April 24.
Quang Liem will hold a white army to battle with Carlsen at 1am Sunday, April 25, Hanoi time. An hour earlier, he played the first game against another Norwegian player – Johan-Sebastian Christiansen. From 2:00 to 4:00, Quang Liem will meet Hikaru Nakamura, Alireza Firouzja and Jan-Krzysztof Duda respectively. Each game starts with an hour apart.
Quang Liem is in the US, so he will play in the afternoon and afternoon in Missouri. He will meet Carlsen for the eighth time in his career, either on fast or lightning. In which, the HCM City player drew one and lost six games. The Carlsen draw was also the last time Quang Liem hit the Chess King, at the Skilling Open in November 2020.
Skilling Open or New in Chess Classic is part of the online tournament system Champions Chess Tour, organized by Carlsen’s company with a prize fund of 1.5 million USD. Skilling Open is the first stage, while New in Chess Classic is the fifth stage of the 2020-2021 system.
New in Chess Classic took place from April 24 to May 2, with 16 chess players. They played in a round robin round for the first three days, five games a day, to select eight players to enter the quarter-finals. Each quick game of chess has a time of 15 minutes for each player, adding 10 seconds after each move. At the Skilling Open, Quang Liem was only 10th and did not reach the quarterfinals.
Quang Liem’s chances for the quarterfinals at the New in Chess Classic were brighter, as players such as Anish Giri, Fabiano Caruana and Ian Nepomniachtchi were absent due to a challenge with Candidates. But, in front of Quang Liem, there are still many players such as Carlsen, Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Duda, Sergey Karjakin or Wesley So. Quang Liem’s fast chess player is eighth highest in the tournament.
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