GM Liem belies ranking to finish second in Dortmund

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Vietnam's number one chess player GM Le Quang Liem finished second at the Sparkassen Chess Meet 2010 which ended on Sunday in Dortmund, Germany.

Liem took the second place after fighting to a draw with the champion, 27-year-old Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov, in the final game of the 38th edition of the annual Sparkassen Chess Meet also known as the Dortmund super-GM tournament.

The 19-year-old Vietnamese GM ended with a total 5.5 points after 10 games while the 27-year-old Ukrainian had 6.5 points.

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, currently ranked fourth in the world, and the 6th-ranked Azerbaijani player Shakhriyar Mamedyarov came in third and fourth with 5 points each.

55th-ranked Liem, who is the only Vietnamese player to enter the world's top 100 rankings and is among the top 10 youngest players in the world, was the youngest player at the Dortmund competition.

GM Liem (Elo 2681) was the player with the lowest Elo rankings at the event but he was invited because he won the 2010 Aeroflot Open tournament in Moscow in February.

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