Chess player Le Quang Liem drew Magnus Carlsen in game 12 of the Skilling Open on the morning of November 25, but could not enter the next round.

After losing six games to Carlsen, Quang Liem earned his first point against the Norwegian Chess King. Vietnam’s number one player holding white, playing evenly with Carlsen. The two sides exchanged troops quickly to return to the end and good. Quang Liem has a good advantage, but his opponent is immutable to reconcile.

Quang Liem quickly drew Carlsen after 36 moves.  Screenshots

Quang Liem quickly drew Carlsen after 36 moves. Screenshots

Quang Liem is unbeaten on the last day of the round round match, November 25 morning, Hanoi time. In addition to the Carlsen game, Quang Liem also drew Ian Nepomniachtchi on a losing streak, drew Teimour Radjabov, and then defeated David Anton and Alireza Firouzja in the last two games. Quang Liem finished with eight points in 15 games. He is equal to four other players, including three in the top 8. But, the head-to-head index of the HCM City player is the worst, causing him to leave the tournament at 10th place.

Although eliminated, Quang Liem impressed when he dragged Firouzja out of the tournament. In the last game, he took the black army to meet a 17-year-old prodigy. In the end of the balance, Quang Liem still tried to find a way to win. He demonstrates a dying technique, making the Firouzja flag weaker. Quang Liem caught two of his opponent’s pawns and won after 80 moves. This game ended at the latest, and impacted on performance. If you can draw Quang Liem, Firouzja will go to the quarterfinals. But, the defeat caused the player of Iranian origin to be eliminated.

The eight quarter-finals players were Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So, Nepomniachtchi, Levon Aronian, Radjabov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Anish Giri.

Quang Liem was the only player to beat Nakamura in the circle match. England and seven players outside the top 8 were eliminated with a prize money of $ 2,500.

Scorecard after 15 circle games

TT Chess players nationality Point
first Carlsen Norway 9
2 Nakamura America 9
3 So America 8.5
4 Nepomniachtchi Russia 8.5
5 Aronian Armenia 8.5
6 Radjabov Azerbaijan 8
7 Vachier-Lagrave France 8
8 Giri Netherlands 8
9 Firouzja Iran 8
ten Quang Liem Vietnam 8
11 Nail China 7.5
twelfth Gujrathi India 6.5
13 Anton Spain 6.5
14 Svidler Russia 6
15 Karjakin Russia 5.5
16 Duda Poland 4.5

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 is the first prize in the Champions Chess Tour system – with a total prize of 1.5 million USD.

Xuan Binh


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