Vietnam GM eliminated from US chess tournament, qualification for finale uncertain

By Xuan Binh   September 1, 2021 | 10:54 am GMT+7
Vietnam GM eliminated from US chess tournament, qualification for finale uncertain
A screenshot of Le Quang Liem playing Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri at the qualifiers of Aimchess U.S. Rapid on August 30, 2021.
Le Quang Liem has failed to qualify for the main draw of the Aimchess U.S. Rapid chess tournament.

On the first day of qualifying, he won one and lost and drew two each. On the second he lost four and won one.

Though on the final day he went unbeaten with two victories and two draws, it was not enough for him to qualify as he finished 13th out of 16 players. Only the top eight advanced.

The two-day knockout tournament will see players play rapid games.

Aimchess U.S. is the ninth event in the prestigious Champion Chess Tour series and has prize money of $100,000.

The event is the last chance for players to accumulate enough points to get a ticket to the Tour Finals, the grand finale of the Champion Chess Tour.

Eight players with the highest points from the nine tour events will be joined by two invitees. Six have already qualified.

Liem is in 10th place and could get an invitation to the Tour Finals, which has prize money of $300,000 if his position remains unchanged after this tournament.

The Champion Chess Tour is a 10-month-long series that began in November 2020 with a prize money of $1.5 million.

All games are played on the chess24.com website and broadcast on streaming site Twitch.

 
 
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