Chess player Le Quang Liem lost to Wesley So when he received two free kicks at h6, on the first day of the final of the Chessable Masters online fast chess tournament on the evening of August 7.
Quang Liem held the black piece in the first game, with a slightly better position after the opening. But, the good move of 33…c5 turned into a decisive mistake of Quang Liem when this pawn blocked the way of the black queen and threatened the white king. He also didn’t see So’s move, putting his horse on h6 to attack the citadel in move 34. The number one player in Vietnam lost nine moves after that.
In the second game, Quang Liem held the white piece, but only drew in a constant position. At that time, the computer judged that White had a great advantage, but Quang Liem was almost out of time, so he put the flag in an invariant position.
“And the third game was a disaster,” Quang Liem said shortly after commenting after the game. The two players repeat the opening as in the first game. And Quang Liem lost according to the same scenario as the first game. Still the country that decided the winning code h6, gave away his troops to attack the citadel, helping So win in 31 moves.
“Liem played well in the opening, but fortunately for me he made mistakes,” So said. “In all three games, Quang Liem’s king was in a vulnerable position. But nonetheless he is a great player who dominated the tournament from the beginning. Even if I won today, I still can’t lose. focus on the second day.
Ha Quang Liem 2.5-0.5, So won the first day without playing the fourth game. Quang Liem needs to win again on the second day to bring the match into the tie-break. The HCM City player said he needs to play faster and defend better if he wants to have a chance on day two.
The second final day will take place from 10pm on Sunday, August 8, Hanoi time. If Quang Liem wins after four quick games, the two players will tie-break two games of blitz chess to compete for the first prize. The prize for the first person is 30,000 USD, and the runner-up receives 15,000 USD.
Chessable Masters is the eighth leg of the Champions Chess Tour series initiated by chess king Magnus Carlsen. Quang Liem’s arrival in the Chessable Masters final was a surprise, as he eliminated two stronger players, Alireza Firouzja and Levon Aronian, in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. The finals help Quang Liem have the opportunity to be invited to the next stage of the Champions Tour. And if he finishes first in Chessable Masters, Quang Liem will win a place in the Tour Finals.
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