Liem shines, Vietnam men continue to rise at chess Olympiad

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Chess ace Le Quang Liem on Friday beat British No.1 Michael Adams as Vietnam beat Britain 3-1 win oin the ninth round of the World Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.

Liem (elo rating 2693) is Vietnam's key player and his win over Adams (2722) after 46 moves was very significant and encouraging for his teammates.

Nguyen Van Huy (2506) then defeated David Howell (2635) before Vietnam's No.2 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (2639) and Nguyen Duc Hoa (2505) drew with Nigel Short (2698) and Nicholas Pert (2555) respectively.

The loss pulled the British male team down to the 32nd spot while Vietnam jumped seven positions to the 16th place.

Next, in the 10th round of the 40th edition of the chess Olympiad, the Vietnamese men will clash with Filipino players, whose average elo rating is lower than theirs.

However, the Filipinos have put on an impressive performance at the event so far. They are currently in the 12th position, having beaten  Britain 3-1 in the eighth round.

Quang Liem will face So Wesley (2652). They have met four times and Liem has won three of them.

In the women's event, the Vietnamese team fell 10 places to 26th after a 1.5-2.5 loss to Germany in the ninth round. They will next clash with Georgia.

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