Vietnamese super grandmaster Lê Quang Liêm (right). — Photo vov.vn
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Grandmasters Lê Quang Liêm and Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn both won their sixth matches of the ongoing Asian Continental Chess Championship in Xingtai, China on Wednesday.
Liêm, who has Elo rating of 2694, beat Indian Lalith Babu, 2571 after 44 moves.
With this win, Liêm ranks fifth with 4.5 points, leaving him only a single point behind leading Indian player Karthikeyan Murali.
Liêm is scheduled to face off against Parham Maghsoodloo of Iran, Elo rating 2665, in his seventh match of the competition.
Meanwhile, Liêm’s teammate Sơn defeated his Chinese rival Xu Zhihang, Elo rating 2504, in 53 moves.
The victory helped Sơn maintain his undefeated streak of six matches. He is currently ranked 10th with four points and will next meet Idani Pouya of Iran, Elo rating 2597.
Meanwhile, Võ Thị Kim Phụng lost to top seed Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan. Phạm Lê Thảo Nguyên and Hoàng Thị Bảo Trâm both recorded victories over their rivals from the Philippines.
The three Vietnamese female chess players have earned 3.5 points each from six matches, 1.5 points less than the group’s leader. VNS