Liem battles to draw with reigning champ at Chess World Cup

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     Vietnamese chess ace Le Quang Liem (R) battles reigning champ Peter Svidler (Russia) in the standard chess fourth round at the Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø, Norway on August 21, 2013. Photo: Susan Polgar

Vietnamese chess ace Le Quang Liem drew again with the reigning champ Russian Peter Svidler in the fourth round of the Chess World Cup 2013 in Tromsø, Norway Wednesday.

After drawing in the first leg, Quang Liem had the disadvantage of playing the black pieces against Svidler in the second leg.

As expected, the world No. 15 Svidler, elo 2746, played aggressively against the 42nd-ranked Liem, elo 2702. Liem fell behind during the first 10 moves, but managed to even the match by the 19th move.

Svidler agreed to a draw after 24 moves.

Earlier, Liem played the white pieces in the first leg and had a chance to beat Svidler when the latter made a mistake in the 22nd move, but Liem failed to capitalize. Svidler agreed to a tie after 38 moves.

"Both Liem and Svidler looked lucky today," said the world's No. 1 female player, Susan Polgar of Hungary.

After a 1-1 tie in the standard chess event, Liem and Svidler were set to play two tie-break games on Thursday and Friday. The winner will advance the quarterfinals.

Chess fans can follow the tournament online starting at 8 p.m. (Hanoi time) at: http://chessworldcup2013.com/live, or http://livechess.chessdom.com/site/

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