Chess player Le Quang Liem won one, drew two and lost two games on the first day of the Skilling Open on the morning of November 23.
Quang Liem (Elo fast chess 2,744) got off to a bad start with white, losing to Levon Aronian (2,778). He drew the next two games against Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2,774) and Dinh Lap Nhan (2,836). In the fourth game holding black, the HCM City player lost to Anish Giri (2,731). After the first four games, Quang Liem was in the bottom group with one point.
In game 5, Quang Liem took the white army against Sergey Karjakin (2,709), moving to 1.e4, instead of 1.d4 as in the previous two games. When Karjakin chose to defend Sicily, Quang Liem responded with the attack variable at Richter-Rauzer. This variable was studied by the (former) Soviet master Vsevolod Rauzer. In it White will merge far away to attack Black.
Karjakin did not castrate, but pushed the back to attack the White King. The adventurous way of world runner-up in 2016 made him pay the price. The black king was intimidated by Quang Liem, starting with a pilot attack in country 25.
Karjakin did not accept Quang Liem’s experimental move, but sought to protect the black king. But at that time, computers rated White as winning. Black is inevitable losing at least two good. The number one Vietnamese player did not make any mistakes, to turn a good second advantage into his first victory.
The first win at the end of the day put Quang Liem in 11th place. He got two points like Duda, Peter Svidler (2,742) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2,860), but only less than the sub-index compared to Duda. Quang Liem is only half a point away from prodigy Alireza Firouzja (2,703), with 10 games ahead. Top 8 will win the spot to the knockout round.
Giri unexpectedly took over the top of the table after the first day, with four points. The Dutch player beat Quang Liem, Karjakin, Vidit Gujrathi (2,636), drew Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura (2,829).
Chess king Magnus Carlsen (2,881) is second with only 3.5 points, but he should have done better. In the first game against best friend Ian Nepomniachtchi (2,778), Carlsen prevailed. But he released the wrong mouse button, lost the queen air force and immediately surrendered. The Norwegian chess king then drew on a victory over Vachier-Lagrave. Carlsen’s bravery was shown in the remaining three games, when he won Teimour Radjabov (2,758), David Anton (2,667) and Firouzja.
On the test day Monday, November 24, Hanoi time, Quang Liem met Nakamura, Vachier-Lagrave, Gujrathi, Wesley So (2,741) and Svidler respectively.
The Skilling Open Super tournament takes place from November 23 to December 1, the match day starts at 0 o’clock, Hanoi time. The tournament brings together 16 chess players, of which 15 are in the top 30 in the world. They play fast chess online on Chess24, each player has 15 minutes, adding 10 seconds after each move. They played in a circle, picking out the eight highest scoring players in the quarterfinals. Skilling Open belongs to the Champions Chess Tour system, with a total prize of 1.5 million USD.
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