Chess ace Le Quang Liem drew with Indian teenager Parimarjan Negi as Vietnam's hometown hero tried to defend his championship title in the fourth round of the 2012 Aeroflot chess meet Group A in Russia on Friday.
Playing white, the 18-year-old Indian prodigy, with an Elo of 2641, planned for a draw with the 20-year-old Grandmaster Liem, Elo 2714.
It was the third consecutive draw for the tournament's two-time champion Liem after his win over 25-year-old host player Boris Savchenko in the first round, a draw with 22-year-old Venezuelan Eduardo Iturrizaga in the second round and a draw with 34-year-old Moldovan player Viorel Iordachescu in the third round.
Liem, ranked 29th globally, is now in the 16th position in the group of 22 players with 2.5 points each, including the 17th-ranked Italian Fabiano Caruana, currently in the 15th spot.
The 26-year-old Israeli GM Anton Korobov, ranked 89th overall, elo 2660, is now leading Group A with 3.5 points, followed by a group of 11 GMs with 3.0 points each, including the 15th-ranked Russian GM Evgeny Tomashevsky, elo 2740, currently in 5th place.
GM Liem, who will clash with Russian GM Alexander Khalifman in the next round and has been the first to have successfully defended his championship of the tournament last year, will have to play better if he wants to retain his title for the third consecutive time.
Although, Khalifman's elo is 2632, the 46-year-old Russian was Liem's instructor for two months in 2010 in Vietnam.
Khalifman manages a chess school in St. Petersburg called the Grandmaster Chess School that trains chess players from around the world with the philosophy "Chess equals Intelligence plus personal character".