Player Le Quang Liem missed the opportunity to reunite with Chess King Magnus Carlsen, losing to Wesley So 0.5-4.5 in the quarterfinals of San Fermin Mundial on the morning of July 11th.

Filipino-American player Wesley So settled the match after just five games, with four wins and one draw. In these five games, Quang Liem had the opportunity to win in three games but failed to take advantage and lost in reverse. The most surprising mistake of the Ho Chi Minh City player came from the fifth game, when he had a move to catch the queen but didn’t see it.

Wesley So, holding a white piece, just landed on the d4 statue.  Quang Liem will win if he sees the e1 move, threatens to show all the back at f2.  If the white car catches the black statue, So will lose the post.  When commenting online, Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet immediately recognized the e1 move.  But, Quang Liem went back to d6 and missed the opportunity, then lost back.

Wesley So, holding a white piece, has just landed on the d4 statue. Quang Liem will win if he sees the e1 move, and threatens to show it all with the tail at f2. If the white car catches the black statue, So will lose the post. When commenting online, Grandmaster Laurent Fressinet immediately recognized the e1 move. But, Quang Liem went back to d6 and missed the opportunity, then lost back.

Wesley So reached the semi-finals and met Chess King Magnus Carlsen – who won Eduardo Iturrizaga 4.5-2.5 in the quarterfinals. Quang Liem was eliminated and missed the chance to rematch Carlsen. In this format of eight-game blitz chess with 4.5 points, Quang Liem’s ​​chance to win Carlsen is not small. Iturrizaga himself also beat Carlsen in one of seven games in the quarterfinals. Quang Liem has never won against Carlsen in any form.

The other semi-finals took place between Dinh Lap Nhan and Levon Aronian. Dinh quickly won Jaime Santos 4.5-1.5, and Aronian had to wait until the life-and-death game armageddon to defeat Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

San Fermin Mundial with a prize fund of $ 60,000, part of the Bull Racing Festival system in Pamplona, ​​Spain. Due to the impact of Covid-19, only Carlsen went to Pamplona to compete, the remaining seven players can play at home in an online format from July 10 to July 11.

Xuan Binh


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