Chess ace Le Quang Liem beat Spanish rival Vazquez Igarza Renier in his ninth match at the Festival Tradewise Gibraltar 2013 tournament in the UK on Wednesday.
Liem, who has Elo rating of 2705, defeated Renier (Elo 2565) after 96 moves.
After nine matches, two-time Aeroflot champion Liem is in fourth place with seven points.
The top spots are occupied by Russia's Vitiugov Nikita, France's Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and England's Nigel Short.
HCM City-born Liem will meet India's Sandipan Chanda (Elo 2590) in his next match.-VNS