|On the climb: Lê Quang Liêm. — Photo hanoimoi.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s top chess player Lê Quang Liêm jumped up three positions to 29th place in the men’s standard category, according to the International Chess Federation’s December rankings.
It is the first time since May, the HCM City-born player Liêm rejoined the top 30 players in the world, earning an Elo of 2718.
Việt Nam’s number 2 chess player, Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn of Cần Thơ, dropped one place to 157th place with Elo rating of 2629. Meanwhile, Hanoian Trần Tuấn Minh ranked 978th with an Elo rating of 2478.
Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, who successfully defended his world title remained atop the rankings. — VNS