Vietnamese chess ace Le Quang Liem has returned to the elite group of super grandmasters (elo rating over 2,700) after a great show at the World Chess Olympiad that ended in Turkey on Monday.
His streak of 10 undefeated games (he did not play in round 7) helped the 27th seeded Vietnamese men to finish seventh behind Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, China, the US, and the Netherlands.
All through the event Liem played on table No.1, where he faced the best players in the other teams, earning six wins and drawing the rest.
He got 14.7 elo points, which took his rating to 2,707.7 and World Chess Federation (FIDE) ranking from 53rd to 36th.
Liem and the other Vietnamese players returned home on Tuesday.
He next flies to China to play for the Qingdao team in the national clubs championship from September 19.
His next major plan is to defend his SPICE Cup title in the US from October 12 to 21.