Chess ace stays second at Super GM contest

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Yet another draw helped Le Quang Liem hold on to his second spot Thursday at the 39th Super GM Chess Meet in Dortmund, Germany.

The 27th-ranked Vietnamese had the advantage of holding white pieces but couldn't beat the 90th-ranked German Georg Meier, and settled for a draw drew after 38 moves.

Other matches held Thursday also ended in draws. Fifth-ranked Russian Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik drew with the event's defending champ, Ukraine's Ruslan Olegovich Ponomariov, currently ranked 10th in the world.

Sixth-ranked Japanese American Hikaru Nakamura drew with the 40th-ranked Anish Giri of the Netherlands.

Kramnik still leads the July 22-31 tournament with five points, followed by Quang Liem with 3.5 points and Ponomariov with 3 points.

Quang Liem, who finished second at last year's event, will next hold black pieces to clash with Nakamura in the seventh round. In the first leg, Liem had white pieces and drew with the US 's No. 1 player, known as the speed chess King.

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