|Liêm lost to Yu in the ninth round of Gibraltar Chess. ‒ Photo baomoi.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s top chess player Lê Quang Liêm lost to grandmaster Yu Yangyi from mainland China in the ninth round of the Gibraltar International Chess Festival 2019, held on January 30.
Both maintained a balanced game until Liêm, Elo 2,714, made consecutive mistakes and Yu, Elo 2,764, managed a checkmate after 41 moves.
This sole loss after nine rounds pushed Liêm to 19th on the table, while Yu leveled up to 3rd.
In the last round held today, Liêm will face top player Santos Latasa Jaime from Spain, Elo 2,581, and he has to win to improve his rank. — VNS