Vietnamese grandmaster exits int'l chess tour

By Xuan Binh   July 11, 2021 | 11:07 pm PT
Vietnamese grandmaster exits int'l chess tour
A screenshot of the match between Le Quang Liem and Wesley So at the San Fermin Mundal on July 11, 2021.
Le Quang Liem failed to reach the semifinals of San Fermin Mundial in Spain, after losing to American grandmaster Wesley So on Sunday.

So wrapped up the game with a score of 4.5-0.5. Of the five matches, Liem had the chance to win three but instead allowed So several comebacks. In the fifth match, Liem missed a golden opportunity to place So in checkmate.

In the semifinals, So will face world chess king, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who defeated Venezuelan grandmaster Eduardo Iturrizaga 4.5-2.5 to advance. Liem has missed the chance to play Carlsen again, after their draw in 2020.

San Fermin Mundial is a knockout rapid chess tournament that takes place in Pamplona, Spain on July 10-11 with prize money of $60,000. Its eight-man field features four players from the world’s top 10. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, players have the option of competing online.

Each tie will consist of eight rapid matches. In case of a 4-4 score, two blitz games would act as a tie-breaker, followed by an Armageddon match should the tie persist. White will get five minutes while black gets four. The latter would advance in case of a tie.

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