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 played unsuccessfully on the second day of the St Louis super quick, and missed two winning chances.  Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

Quang Liem played unsuccessfully on the second day of the St Louis super fast, and missed two winning chances. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Grand Chess Tour

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 position after 36.Rh7.  Quang Liem responded with a post-f5, but he should have gone after f2 to win.

The position after 36.Rh7. Quang Liem responded with a post-f5, but he should have gone after f2 to win.

Black threatens to give the car a good at h3, then uses the rearview to finish at h4.

Black threatens to give the car a good at h3, then uses the rearview to finish at h4.

On the other hand, Black also threatened to use the rearview mirror at g3, and then brought the black car down to the first row.  White has no way of resisting both of these blows, except to lose the post.  That also led to Black's victory.

On the other hand, Black also threatened to use the rearview mirror at g3, and then brought the black car down to the first row. White has no way of resisting both of these blows, except to lose the post. That also led to Black’s victory.

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.

The following position is 29.Rxc3.  Quang Liem responded by returning the car to f6 and keeping it well.  But, he won if he caught h3 well.

The following position is 29.Rxc3. Quang Liem responded by returning the car to f6 and keeping it well. But, he won if he caught h3 well.

Black threatens the direction of car g2.  If the white king enters h1, the black code will show all of it at f2.  And if the white king goes to f1, Black loses the h2 statue.

Black threatens the direction of car g2. If the white king enters h1, the black code will show all of it at f2. And if the white king goes to f1, Black loses the h2 statue.

If the white code returns to h4 to protect cell g2, the black car will catch a2 well to threaten to play all at a1, because the White king cannot go to the second row.  If the white car returns to protect the first row, Black only needs to push g5 well to chase the white code, then shine the car at g2 to repeat the above option.

If the white code returns to h4 to protect cell g2, the black car will catch a2 well to threaten to play all at a1, because the White king cannot go to the second row. If the white car returns to protect the first row, Black only needs to push g5 well to chase the white code, then shine the car at g2 to repeat the above option.

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.

Xuan Binh


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