Vietnam chess ace finishes 4th at world rapid chess championship

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Vietnam's top chess player Le Quang Liem put in an impressive performance to finish fourth at the 2013 World Rapid Chess Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia on Saturday.

Ranked 30th in the world with an elo rating of 2712, 22-year-old Liem finished with 10 points from 15 games in the three-day event, 1.5 points adrift of champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan, who is ranked 14th (elo 2753).

Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi, ranked 25th, finished second with 11 points while 8th-ranked Alexander Grischuk came in third with 10.5 points.

Ian Nepomniachtchi was in the lead with 9 points after 10 games in the first two days but Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who beat Quang Liem and Vietnam's No.2 player Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son on the first day, won all his five games on the third day of the contest.

After the first two days, Quang Liem was in the 10th position with 6 points but a great performance on the final day earned him four points from 3 wins and two draws, pushing him up six positions to fourth.

On the www.chessdom.com website, "Vietnamese star Le Quang Liem" was praised for playing "good chess throughout the tournament, only losing against the gold and silver medalists."

The other Vietnamese star, Truong Son, also performed well on the final day. Son was in the 26th spot with 5.5 points after 10 games in the first two days but he earned three points from the 5 remaining games to finish in 16th place with 8.5 points.

The event was a bit disappointing for some famous GMs who were in the group of seven players finishing with 8.5 points and in 15th through 21st place.

It was perhaps most disappointing for 17th-ranked USA player Gata Kamsky. The 2010, 2011 and 2013 US champion finished the competition in the 21st position.

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