Liem crowned world blitz champion

Tuesday, 2013-06-11 11:37:47
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Nhan Dan Online – Vietnam chess grandmaster Le Quang Liem won the blitz championship title at the 2013 World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships in Russia yesterday.

After 16 rounds on the first day of the event on June 9, Liem and Ian Nepomniachtchi from Russia shared the lead with 12 points.

On the second day, Liem recorded a 1.5 – 0.5 win over Ivan Cheparivov (Bulgaria) and two draws against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) who won the rapid title on June 8.

He lost two matches in this year’s event, one to Rauf Mamedov of Azerbaijan and another to Ilya Smirin from Israel. After 12 rounds, he was half a point ahead of Ponomariov from Ukraina and Smirin.

Liem competed successfully and finished in the first place with 20.5 points after defeating Sergey Movsesian from Armenia in the last match.

The 2012 blitz champion Alexandr Grischuk from Russia secured the silver medal with 20 points, followed by Ponomariov and Ian Nepomniachtchi. With the first place finish, Liem received prize money worth US$40,000.

Earlier, the Vietnam grandmaster also finished fourth in the rapid chess event on June 8 and was awarded US$22,500 in cash. 

Meanwhile, Liem’s teammate Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son also finished 16th and fifth in the rapid and blitz chess events, respectively.

The 2013 World Blitz and Rapid Chess Championships, which took place from June 6 to 10 in Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia, drew the participation of 60 players with Elo ratings from 2,500 from 18 countries around the world.