Quang Liem forces China’s no. 1 chess player to a tie
Tuesday, 2017-07-11 05:39:17
NDO – Vietnam’s chess ace Le Quang Liem remains unbeaten at the ongoing 8th Hainan Danzhou Super Grandmaster Chess Tournament in China, as he impressively held China’s no. 1 player Ding Liren to a draw in the second round on July 10.
After delivering a good start with a first-round tie against former FIDE world champion, Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine, Liem (elo 2,726) went on to face a very tough challenge, against world no. 10 Ding Liren (elo 2,783).
With the advantage of playing white, Ding Liren started the match strongly, but a mistake in the 29th move forced him to lose control and he agreed to share the point with the Vietnamese grandmaster, who played patiently employing reasonable strategies.
The draw against the top Chinese competitor could be considered a success to Quang Liem, as with this result, Liem has extended his unbeaten run in the standard chess category to 50 matches. Dutch GM Anish Giri (elo 2,775) was the last person to taste victory against Quang Liem, at the 2016 Chess Olympiad last September.
The remaining four matches on July 10 also ended up in draws, including Vassily Ivanchuk - Wei Yi, Ruslan Ponomariov - Lu Shanglei, Yu Yangyi - Wang Hao and Vladimir Malakhov - Arkadij Naiditsch.
After the second round, Chinese Wei Yi (elo 2,728) remains the leader in the title race with 1.5 points. Liem is in the runner-up group of eight players with one point.
In the third round scheduled this afternoon, the Vietnamese GM will play white against China’s no. 2 player, Yu Yangyi (elo 2,749).