Update: 09:47 | 12/03/2019
Vietnam’s No. 1 chess player, Le Quang Liem, came out in third place overall with five points at the 2019 Spring Chess Classic in St Louis, Missouri, USA, after brilliantly finishing off Ukrainian master Vassily Ivanchuk in the last round on March 10.
Second seed Quang Liem only needed 35 moves to force the former world rapid champion to concede the defeat.
It was the third victory for the Vietnamese star at this year’s event. Earlier, he recorded two wins over Benjamin Bok (Netherland, Elo 2638) and Rustam Kasimdzhanov (Uzbekistan), four draws against Illya Nyzhnyk (Ukraine), Ray Robson (USA) and Aryan Tari (Norway) and Varuzhan Akobian (USA), and two losses against Jeffery Xiong (USA) and Eric Hansen (Canada).
Le Quang Liem secures three wins, four draws and two losses at the 2019 Spring Chess Classic in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
As the third-place finisher, Liem walked away with a cash prize of US$3,000, half of the stake won by the champion Jeffery Xiong, who scored six points overall. Illya Nyzhnyk was named the runner-up with US$4,000 in prize money.
The 2019 Spring Chess Classic, which took place between March 2 and 10, featured the participation of ten players with an average Elo rating of 2657, who battled it out for more than US$30,000 in total prize money.
By taking part in the US event, Quang Liem could not attend the ongoing 2019 HDBank International Chess Tournament in Ho Chi Minh City, where he has been the three-time champion.