AmericaPlayer Le Quang Liem only achieved two out of six maximum points on the morning of August 13 at the St Louis super fast, falling to the penultimate group.
Quang Liem started the second day against Hikaru Nakamura, of the fast four chess game. Nakamura is ranked 19th in standard chess, but third in the world in fast chess. Quang Liem experimented after the opening, then had a small advantage in the endgame. Nakamura showed great defensive ability when turning the situation around and forcing Quang Liem to have a constant projection to draw.
In the fifth game, Quang Liem took the black piece against Peter Svidler, and the Russian player took the initiative most of the time. Svidler made a serious mistake on move 36, but Quang Liem didn’t see this combo.
The Vietnamese player continued to be forced at the end of the game and well, when he had a chance to hold a draw but could not take advantage. He suffered defeat against Svidler – the No. 29 standard chess player and No. 20 fast chess player.
In game six, Quang Liem still had to hold the black piece to meet Richard Rapport. The Hungarian player dominated for most of the game, but Quang Liem still managed to escape. Even Quang Liem also missed a move that led to victory, and then drew.
Missing two combined moves made Quang Liem finish three quick games on the second day with two points. He drew two games, lost one.
After six quick games of chess, Quang Liem had five points, with Svidler in eighth place. But, the group just above him has up to five people with six points, including Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Wesley So, Richard Rapport, Leinier Dominguez and Sam Shankland. World number two Fabiano Caruana led with nine points, while Nakamura got seven. At the bottom is the youngest player – Jeffery Xiong – with four points.
Quang Liem will take the white piece and meet Xiong himself in game seven, taking place at 3 am on August 14, Hanoi time. At 4:30 on the same day, he held the black piece to meet Shankland. In the last game of fast chess, Quang Liem took the white piece to meet Dominguez. If he earns four or more points on this day, Quang Liem can catch up with the middle group.
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