Vietnam's best chess player Le Quang Liem tied with Dutch prodigy Anish Giri on Monday at the 39th Super GrandMaster chess meet in Dortmund, Germany.
Liem played black, considered a disadvantage among elite chess places, for four matches straight. His four straight draws are thus considered achievments.
In they Monday game, the 27th-ranked Vietnamese drew with the 40th-ranked Giri after 47 moves.
With two points from four draws, Liem is now in third place out of six competitors at the event.
Meanwhile, the fifth-ranked Russian Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik played black for an important win over the sixth-ranked Japanese-American Hikaru Nakamura to stay on top with 3.5 points.
The 10th-ranked Ukrainian Ruslan Olegovich Ponomariov, the event's defending champ, is now in second place with 2.5 points.
Liem, who is the only Vietnamese to enter the world's top 100, will next clash with reigning champ Ponomariov.
Ponomariov won last year's event, and the only competitor who beat him was Liem, who finished the event as a runner-up.
The 2011 Super GM chess competition in Dortmund will end on Sunday July 31.