AmericaPlayer Le Quang Liem lost two of the last three quick chess games in the St Louis super tournament on the morning of August 14, falling to the bottom before entering the content of blitz chess.

Quang Liem started the exam day on the morning of August 14, Hanoi time, not going well when he lost to the chess player who came in last place, Jeffery Xiong. Quang Liem held the white piece, but made a series of six weak moves after the opening, and had to apologize after only 20 moves. That loss made Quang Liem fall to the bottom.

Quang Liem in the game losing to Xiong on the morning of August 14.  Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Quang Liem in the game losing to Xiong on the morning of August 14. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

In the next game, holding a black piece to meet Sam Shankland, Quang Liem was forced at the end of the game. After a short spell, Shankland also successfully used the advantage to convert to victory. This is Quang Liem’s ​​second consecutive defeat in fast chess. In the previous two Grand Chess Tour participations, the number one player in Vietnam also lost two games in a row, to Garry Kasparov and David Navara in St Louis 2017, Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana at Superbet 2019.

In the last game, Quang Liem held the white army, unable to overwhelm Leinier Dominguez. The two players entered the end of the game and balanced well, drawing each other after 46 moves.

Quang Liem only earned one more point in the last three quick games, finishing this content with 6 out of 18 maximum points, ranked 10th. Hikaru Nakamura ranked first with 12 points. Caruana and Richard Rapport got 11 points. There are three players with nine points: Wesley So, Peter Svidler and Shankland. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Xiong have eight points, while Dominguez is penultimate with seven points.

Ten players will play blitz in the last two days, nine games each day. For each win, you get one point, a draw is half a point, and you lose no points. The time for each player is five minutes, adding two seconds after each move.

The draw for the match of blitz chess has not taken place, but Quang Liem will play the first game from 3 am on 15/8, Hanoi time. Each game is spaced 30 minutes apart.

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