|Vietnamese chess Grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm. — Photo zadn.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Top Vietnamese chess player Lê Quang Liêm had a good start in the Masters event of the Gibraltar International Chess Festival 2019 in the UK on Tuesday.
Grandmaster Liêm, who has an Elo rating of 2714, met no difficulties in beating Tarvo Seeman of Estonia, who has an Elo rating of 2386, after 35 moves.
Liêm, who is the ninth seed and one of 14 Grandmasters at the tournament, will next meet Adrien Demuth of France (Elo 2517).
The 17th edition of Gibraltar International Chess Festival, which has been one of the strongest open tournaments in the world over the years, features five main events with the participation of almost 600 players from 60 federations.
Besides the main events – Masters, Challengers A, Challengers B, Amateurs A and Amateurs B competitions – various evening activities will be organised such as Masterclasses with top players, two blitz events and a battle of sexes with the world’s top women and men playing against each other.
This year, the Masters event gathered 259 players from 50 federations with a total of 204 titles players including 94 Grandmasters, 54 international masters, 10 Woman Grandmasters and seven Woman International Masters. — VNS