|GM Lê Quang Liêm sails into the semis of the Julius Baer Generation Cup on September 22. — Photo đuyenangvietnam.net|
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Grandmaster (GM) Lê Quang Liêm advanced to the semi-finals of the online Julius Baer Generation Cup on September 22.
Liêm knocked 19-year-old phenomenon Hans Niemann of the US out after four rapid chess matches in the quarter-final round.
A former world blitz chess champion, Liêm grabbed two wins, one draw and one loss against Niemann, who recently won twice over world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen.
It is his third time beating the American GM Niemann. Liêm overcame him in the group round match several days ago and at the FTX Crypto Cup last month.
|Lê Quang Liêm of Việt Nam (left) seen during the online Julius Baer Generation Cup's quarter-final match against Hans Niemann of the US on September 22. — Photo chess24.com|
With this result, Liêm proved he belonged in the top four in competitions, including the Charity Cup (No. 4), Oslo Esports Cup (No. 2), Prague Masters (No. 2), Biel Chess International (champion) and FTX Crypto Cup (No. 4), that he has taken part in since March.
In the semi-final, 31-year-old Liêm will face Indian GM Arjun Erigaisi. The national champion beat Christopher Yoo of the US in the tie-break after their matches ended 2-2.
Erigaisi, 19, defeated Liêm in the group round earlier this week.
In the other semis, GM Carlsen of Norway will play GM Vincent Keymer from Germany. — VNS