05 December 2023

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Le Quang Liem - The Champion of HDBank International Open Chess Tournament 2017

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(NLĐO) After nine games undefeated,Super Grand Master Le Quang Liem became the champion the third time at the International Chess HDBank.

Back to VietNam close to the opening ceremony, Le Quang Liem is still full of confidence when attending the tournament at home with determination to win the highest ranking.

Before the final round ended on the afternoon of March 17, Le Quang Liem was pushed to No. 3 and almost impossible to decide his own rank. There are five players with 6 points and this means that any candidate including Wang Hao, Bu Xiang-zhi, Le Quang Liem, Wei Yi and Stanislav Bogdanovich won the 9th game, they still have to wait and see the results of the other games to determine the final ranking.

Fortunate belonged to the host at the deciding game on March 17th when all the competitior to the champion made a draw. Meanwhile, despite the low level 100 Elo but Ukraine player, Stanislav Bogdanovich played amazingly, with the advantage of playing white, many times pushed Quang Liem into difficult situation. However, after 79 moves, the game ended up with the victory for Le Quan Liem.

With 7 points after 9 tough games, Le Quang Liem finished his hat-trick of championship at HDBank Tournament, after two starts in 2013 and 2015, earning a prize of $ 13,000.

Together in the top 10, there are 2 young players Tran Tuan Minh (6.5 points, rank 5) and Le Tuan Minh (6 points, rank 10). Best Woman belongs to the 2018 U20 World Champion Dinara Saduakassova (5.5 points, 19th place). The 15-year-old Nguyen Anh Khoi with 5.5 points, ranked 16th, also won the best young player award

Commenting on the tournament, the new champion Le Quang Liem said that this is really a tough challenge when the players have to compete with a two days three games, not to calculate to get the most reasonable results when encountered with opponents in multiple different levels. The only super grand master of VietNam chess also admitted that the success of HDBank Tournament 2017 will be a great motivation for him to gain more and more confidence before entering the World Cup in early September and the SportAccord World Mind Games this month.

Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong signed a certificate of merit with a prize of 10 million VND for the player Le Quang Liem with the title Champion of HDBank International Open Chess Tournament 2017.


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