Viet Nam's top chess player Le Quang Liem tied with Venezuela's Eduardo Iturrizaga in the second round of the Aeroflot Chess Open's group A on Wednesday.
Liem attacked from the beginning and Iturrizaga was on the back foot, but by the end the defending champion failed to secure victory.
Liem took eighth place with 1.5 points with one draw and one win after after two matches. The 21-year-old will next compete against Moldova's Viorel Iordachescu who drew with Italy's Fabiano Caruana. The tournament will end after seven rounds on Febuary 17 in Moscow.-VNS