AmericaVietnam’s number one player Le Quang Liem earned 5.5 points in the last nine blitz games, finishing fifth overall in the St Louis super tournament.
Quang Liem won against Jeffery Xiong, Sam Shankland, Peter Svidler, Richard Rapport, drew Wesley So, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Hikaru Nakamura and lost to Leinier Dominguez, Fabiano Caruana in the last nine blitz games, on the morning of August 16, Hanoi time.
With 5.5 points earned in the last day, Quang Liem finished with 17.5 points and ranked fifth, behind Nakamura 24 points, Caruana 21, Rapport 19.5 and So 18.5. The following positions belong to Mamedyarov, Dominguez 17 points, Svidler 16, Xiong 15 and Shankland 14.5.
Vietnamese players receive 12,500 USD in prize money, half of Caruana’s. In August 2021, Quang Liem’s prize money increased to $ 27,500, with $ 15,000 previously received from the runner-up position of the Chessable Masters online super tournament.
Nakamura topped the St Louis Super Prize with $37,500 in prize money, while Rapport and So received $20,000 and $15,000, respectively. The sixth to last places receive between $9,500 and $6,000.
Quang Liem is also the second best player in the content of Blitz, taking place on August 15 and August 16, with 11.5 out of 18 maximum points. He is only behind Nakamura – the player earns 12 points.
Quang Liem received 84 more Elo of blitz chess, to reach 2,774 Elo, ranking 14th in the world. Nakamura lost 16 Elo, down to 2,884 Elo and fell to world number two, leaving the top spot to Chess King Magnus Carlsen. After many years, Carlsen was again at the top of the world in all three events of standard, fast and lightning.
Quang Liem finished the fast chess content with 6 out of 18 maximum points and stood last. But, a quick sprint at the blitz chess put him in the upper half. But, this is not Quang Liem’s best achievement in a Grand Chess Tour system tournament. At the Superbet 2019 in Romania, Quang Liem finished fourth with 19 points.
St. Louis is the last fast-paced chess tournament of the Grand Tour 2021. The final stage, called Sinquefield Cup, is also playing standard chess in St Louis, playing from the morning of August 18, Hanoi time. The opportunity for Quang Liem to be invited to the Sinquefield Cup is still open.
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