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Gold for Le Quang Liem at World Blitz

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  • on 6/10/13, 11:57 AM.

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Le Quang Liem won the gold medal at the FIDE World Rapid Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia and took home the first prize of US $40,000. Not bad at all for two days of blitz! But it was far from easy: the players had to go through thirty gruelling rounds and in the end the Vietnamese managed to score just half a point more than three players: Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia).

The World Blitz was the second of two tournaments organized under the aegis of FIDE and held at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. It started right after the World Rapid Championship, in was fought out on June 9th and 10th at the same venue and among the same players, 60 in total, from 18 different countries.

The tournament was one big Swiss event with fifteen double rounds. This meant that each time the new pairings were known, the players would not play one, but two blitz games against each other, with both colours. Eight of these mini-matches were held on Sunday, and seven more followed on Monday.

After the first day, two players were at the top of the leader board: Le Quang Liem of Vietnam and Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia. They were on 12 points out of 16 games. Ruslan Ponomariov (Ukraine) was just behind with 11.5/16, and Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (also Vietnam!) followed, with 11/16.

After the second day, Le had collected just enough points to keep that half point lead. Vietnam's number one finished on 20.5 out of 30, ahead of three players with 20 points: Alexander Grischuk (who won the silver medal), Ruslan Ponomariov (bronze) and Ian Nepomniachtchi. The latter won silver in the Rapid tournament, but just missed out on the medals in the Blitz.

Afterwards, Ruslan Ponomariov tweeted:

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Le Quang Liem (Vietnam)

Here are some of Le's victories:

World Blitz Championship 2013 | Final standings

Place Title Name Fed. FIDE Total
1 GM Le, Quang Liem VIE 2771 20.5
2 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2858 20.0
3 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2743 20.0
4 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2813 20.0
5 GM Nguyen, Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2665 19.5
6 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2718 19.5
7 GM Dubov, Daniil RUS 2655 18.0
8 GM Movsesian, Sergei ARM 2696 18.0
9 GM Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2824 17.5
10 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2657 17.0
11 GM Smirin, Ilia ISR 2650 17.0
12 GM Sargissian, Gabriel ARM 2723 17.0
13 GM Akopian, Vladimir ARM 2691 17.0
14 GM Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2633 16.5
15 GM Dreev, Aleksey RUS 2711 16.5
16 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2777 16.5
17 GM Kamsky, Gata USA 2734 16.5
18 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2590 16.5
19 GM Safarli, Eltaj AZE 2597 16.0
20 GM Riazantsev, Alexander RUS 2606 16.0
21 GM Bologan, Viktor MDA 2650 16.0
22 GM Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 2565 16.0
23 IM Artemiev, Vladislav RUS 2584 16.0
24 GM Khairullin, Ildar RUS 2603 15.5
25 GM Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2693 15.5
26 GM Rublevsky, Sergei RUS 2637 15.5
27 GM Vitiugov, Nikita RUS 2734 15.5
28 GM Kurnosov, Igor RUS 2602 15.5
29 GM Jakovenko, Dmitry RUS 2693 15.5
30 GM Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2617 15.0
31 GM Cheparinov, Ivan BUL 2678 15.0
32 GM Georgiev, Kiril BUL 2725 15.0
33 GM Gundavaa, Bayarsaikhan MGL 2561 15.0
34 GM Moiseenko, Alexander UKR 2690 15.0
35 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2728 15.0
36 GM Guseinov, Gadir AZE 2610 14.5
37 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2659 14.5
38 GM Frolyanov, Dmitry RUS 2533 14.5
39 GM Bezgodov, Alexei RUS 2472 14.5
40 GM Potkin, Vladimir RUS 2654 14.5
41 GM Rakhmanov, Aleksandr RUS 2583 14.0
42 GM Kobalia, Mikhail RUS 2607 14.0
43 GM Lagno, Kateryna UKR 2504 14.0
44 GM Popov, Ivan RUS 2650 14.0
45 GM Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRI 2557 14.0
46 GM Vasquez Schroeder, Rodrigo CHI 2542 14.0
47 GM Cherniaev, Alexander RUS 2486 14.0
48 IM Pasiev, Rakhim RUS 2523 13.5
49 FM Gordievsky, Dmitry RUS 2584 13.5
50   Ram, S. Krishnan IND 2341 13.5
51 IM Nadanian, Ashot ARM 2428 13.5
52 GM Salem, A.R. Saleh UAE 2538 13.0
53 GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei RUS 2560 13.0
54 GM Skatchkov, Pavel RUS 2486 13.0
55 IM Potapov, Pavel RUS 2516 12.5
56 GM AL-Sayed, Mohammed QAT 2504 10.0
57 GM Kabanov, Nikolai RUS 2440 10.0
58 FM Byambaa, Zulzaga MGL 2273 8.5
59 FM Sibriaev, Aleksandr RUS 2239 6.0
60 IM Akbaev, Kazbek RUS 2475 3.0


Tournament website, games via TWIC, photos by Kirill Merkuryev & Maria Emelianova courtesy of FIDE

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  • 15 months ago

    Eraser

    hm, its just only sight if me, or this man create a good move that triggers the god of luck ?

  • 15 months ago

    GoodGoodChess

    Congrats Liem! I hope i will play u one day, cuz I live in vietnam!

  • 15 months ago

    ChocolateTeapot

    Another Vietnamese player finished in 5th place, only a point behind the winner.

  • 15 months ago

    trakoz

           

                # Wow! 'tis Blitz #

                            * Extreme Bliss *

  • 15 months ago

    Ducvy123

    I am a Vietnamese and I'm proud of Le Quang Liem!!!

  • 15 months ago

    kidnotkidbutkid

    Great games!!

  • 15 months ago

    Marcokim

    Someone was saying that positional players aren't good at blitz... despite me reminding them of Karpov (yes Karpov was a great blitz player), Capablanca, and now Liem... who plays an amazing positional style at high speed. Especially the games with Grischuik and Mamedyrov, they are amamzing... even in classical control they are 2000+ quality positional chess.

    Amazing stuff from the Vietnamese GM!

  • 15 months ago

    Marcokim

    Great job Liem, that he beat Grishuik, Andreikin and Nipomniatchi is enough proof that he didn't win because of a lucky draw... anyway Swiss tournaments work well at around this number 30 - 40 participants, but when the field gets too big (over 50), the luck of the draw is worth almost a point in itself... but this was a good Swiss tournament.

    Go Liem.

  • 15 months ago

    restinpeace

    damn! that vietnamese was on fire!

  • 15 months ago

    AshrafAmir

    First was the Asian, now comes the World!! Wow.. amazing feat!!

    Congratz LE!!

  • 15 months ago

    NagaGeni

    Thanks for fixing the diagrams, webmaster Laughing.

  • 15 months ago

    chris14122507

    Congrats Liem. So proud of you!

  • 15 months ago

    krushonirina

    Everybody Quang Liem tonight!

  • 15 months ago

    krushonirina

    Le Rocks

  • 15 months ago

    hat40

    LOL

  • 15 months ago

    NagaGeni

    What's wrong with the diagrams? 

  • 15 months ago

    netzach

    The victories remain a mystery...

  • 15 months ago

    elo123

    Nice victories there!

  • 15 months ago

    d4soldier

    games posting fail

  • 15 months ago

    freeline

    congrats Liem.

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