Player Le Quang Liem ended the first day of the Aimchess US online fast chess tournament with two points in five games, including a defeat to Magnus Carlsen.

Quang Liem took the black piece to meet Levon Aronian in the first game, on the evening of August 28, Hanoi time, but he sacrificed his army to attack the citadel. Then he went to a few weak moves and lost the initiative, leading to a counterattack and defeat. In the second game with a white piece, the Ho Chi Minh City player shared points with Jorden van Forest.

The black leader met Carlsen in the third game, Quang Liem was inferior after the opening. He then lost the title and was unable to withstand pressure from the world’s number one player in all three chess genres. Quang Liem lost after 43 moves and fell to the bottom group after this game. This is also the eighth defeat in nine times Quang Liem met Carlsen.

In game four, Quang Liem took the white piece and soon changed his position with Wesley So. The position was even throughout the match, resulting in a draw. With one point after four games, Quang Liem is still in the last group.

In the fifth game, holding the black piece to meet the Indian player Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, Quang Liem had difficulty after the opening. But in the end, he turned defeat into victory by making good use of the opponent’s mistakes. During the fight against the statue and horse, Quang Liem caught the white statue and won after 72 moves. “I can’t believe Vidit lost in that position. He made his first mistake on move 51, when he was supposed to be king of f1 and not king of e3,” Indian grandmaster Surya Ganguly told Chess24.

Quang Liem's ​​victory over Vidit helped him close the first day with a result of -1 (win one, draw two, lose two).  Screenshots

Quang Liem’s ​​victory over Vidit helped him close the first day with a result of -1 (win one, draw two, lose two). Photo: Screen capture

This important victory helps Quang Liem rise to ninth, half a point less than Anish Giri’s eighth place. But, behind him were four players who also scored two points, just less than the sub-stat. The last group of three people got 1.5 points.

After five games, Aronian led with four points. Magnus Carlsen and Vladislav Artemiev got 3.5 points. Mamedyarov, So, Leinier Dominguez and Aliea Firouzja got three points.

The second exam day starts at 10pm on Sunday, August 29, Hanoi time. Quang Liem with the black piece met Jan-Krzysztof Duda in game six. He then changed colors when he encountered Firouzja, Daniel Naroditsky, Eric Hansen, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, respectively.

Aimchess US brings together 16 players including Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Alireza Firouzja, Leinier Dominguez, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vidit Gujrathi, Quang Liem, Vladislav Artemiev Forestest, Daniel Naroditsky, Eric Hansen and Awonder Liang. They played a quick round of chess, selecting eight high-scoring players to advance to the quarterfinals. Each game has a duration of 15 minutes for each player, adding 10 seconds after each move. Matches are separated by an hour.

Xuan Binh

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