AmericaVietnam’s number one chess player – Le Quang Liem – replaces former world female champion Susan Polgar as a coach at Webster University, USA.

On April 9, Webster school website announced that Susan Polgar and her husband and assistant coach Paul Truong had retired. They will move from Missouri to Florida to stay close to their families, for health reasons. Polgar and Truong started coaching Webster in 2012. They helped Webster win eight of the last nine American inter-university chess tournaments.

Quang Liem (sitting in the middle) used to be the captain of Webster chess, under coach Susan Polgar (third from right).  Photo: Picasa

Quang Liem (sitting in the middle) used to be the captain of Webster chess, under coach Susan Polgar (third from right). Image: Picasa

Webster announced that Quang Liem would replace Polgar’s position from June 1. Quang Liem attended Webster School and was the school chess captain. He helped the team win four inter-school championships. Quang Liem graduated in 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Management. Quang Liem is ranked 35th in the world according to chess Elo.

“Studying at Webster is one of the best decisions in my life,” Quang Liem wrote on his personal page on April 9. “Susan and Paul consider me family. I have learned a lot from them, both chess expertise and real life. I am honored to accept this position, and continue to work with SPICE students. – Susan Polgar Excellent Chess Academy “.

Quang Liem believes that his new assignment will not affect his dedication to Vietnamese chess. He told VnExpress: “I will balance the schedule so as not to affect the coaching job in the US. The important and official tournaments like the SEA Games, the World Chess Cup, the chess Olympiad, I will still represent the team. Vietnam plays like before “.

Quang Liem was invited to the Tepe Sigeman chess tournament at the end of April 2021, where he could compete with former chess player Anatoly Karpov. But, this tournament in Sweden was canceled because of Covid-19.

Xuan Binh


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