Liem suffers first loss at Gibraltar Chess tourney

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Chess ace Le Quang Liem suffered his first defeat to British rival Nigel Short in the 8th round of the 2013 Tradewise Gibraltar masters event on Tuesday local time.

The defending champ Short, elo 2690, standing 59th in World Chess Federation (FIDE) rankings, jumped to second place while the 39th-ranked Liem, elo 2705, was pushed down four places to the sixth.

Liem, who is the only Vietnamese player in the top 100 of FIDE rankings, will clash with Spanish player Vazquez Igarza Renier in the penultimate round.

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