|Lê Quang Liêm and teammate Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn are Vietnamese representatives at the FIDE World Cup in Russia. — Photo FIDE
HÀ NỘI — Two Vietnamese Grandmasters will take part in the FIDE World Cup 2019 which begins on Tuesday in the town of Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
National No 1 Lê Quang Liêm who is seeded No 22 will play Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus in the first round.
If score is a draw, they will play tie-break games to identify the winner.
The finalists of the tournament will qualify for the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2020.
The total prize money is US$1.6 million, with the winner walking away with $110,000.
In the previous World Cup in 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Armenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian took the top position for the second time in his career. — VNS