Vietnam’s number one player Le Quang Liem took the black piece to meet Magnus Carlsen in the third game, the online super tournament Aimchess US on the evening of August 28, Hanoi time.

Quang Liem went out to meet Levon Aronian at 10pm on Saturday, August 28. In the second game at 23:00, the Ho Chi Minh City player holding a white piece met Jorden van Forestest. The third game took place at 0:00 on Sunday, August 29, Quang Liem collided with Chess King Carlsen. He then took the white piece against Wesley So, and then played the black piece with Vidit Santosh Gujrathi.

16 players attend Aimchess US.  Many of these players are living in the US, so the name of the tournament has a US letter behind it.  Photo: CCT

16 players attend Aimchess US. Many of these players are living in the US, so the name of the tournament has a US letter behind it. Photo: CCT

The first day of competition was said to be the most difficult for Quang Liem, as Aronian, Carlsen and So were all in the top 6 in the world, according to the current standard Elo. The number one player in Vietnam will also have to hold the black piece in three games.

Quang Liem met Carlsen eight games, all in fast and lightning chess. He has yet to win a game, draw one and lose seven games. In the last confrontation, Quang Liem held the white army, losing to Carlsen in the group stage of New in Chess Classic in April 2021.

Aimchess US brings together 15 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.

In the first three days from August 28, 16 players competed in a quick round-robin game, 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.

Aimchess US has a bonus fund of 100,000 USD, which is the last leg of the Champions Chess Tour system. In the penultimate stage called Chessable Masters, Quang Liem unexpectedly finished second when he lost to Wesley So in the final. Compared to Chessable Masters, Aimchess US gathers more powerful players.

Xuan Binh


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