|Lê Quang Liêm. — Photo thanhuytphcm.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s top chess player Lê Quang Liêm suffered unexpected loss in the first round of the 25th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.
Liêm, who has an Elo rating of 2,727, was the No 1 seed of the event and lost to young talent VS Rathanvel of India, Elo 2,348 after 59 moves.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese young talent Nguyễn Anh Khôi took advantage of a good start to beat Senthil Maran of India after 38 moves.
With Elo 2,453, Khôi, 16, is national chess defending champion.
Liêm will next meet Indian Dixit Nikhil (Elo 2,240) and Khôi faces Amin Bassem of Egypt (Elo 2,684).
The event, which is a nine-round Swiss open restricted to players with a FIDE rating of 2,100 and above, will end on August 15.
The winner will receive US$13,000. The time control is 90 minutes for the entire game plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. — VNS