|Lê Quang Liêm. — Photo vietnamnet.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese top chess player Lê Quang Liêm had two wins and a loss in the first day of competition at the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz tournament in the United States Tuesday morning.
Liêm, who has Elo rating of 2739, beat American players Fabiano Caruana (Elo 2807) and Hikaru Nakamura (Elo 2792). However, he was defeated by Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine (Elo 2773), when holding black pawns.
Liêm, who was the 2013 world blitz chess champion and the runner-up at the World Open 2017 chess tournament, is world No 23. Caruana is world No 3 and Nakamura is No 8.
With four points after the first three rounds, HCM City-born Liêm was tied for the first place, together with Levon Aronian (Elo 2799), Caruana, and Ian Nepomniachtchi (Elo 2751).
Liêm will compete against Lenier Dominguez of Cuba (2803), Ivan Nepomniachtchi of Russia (2819) and Levon Aronian of Armenia (2799) in the next three matches.
The tournament, which is part of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT) system, has a prize money of US$150,000.
This is Liêm’s first invitation to a GCT tournament for the world’s top chess players. — VNS