Vietnam chess ace finishes second again at Dortmund meet

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Le Quang Liem, ranked 27th in the world, took second place for the second time at the 39th Super GM Chess contest in Dortmund, Germany on Sunday.

Fifth-ranked Russian Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik played exceptionally well at the contest and won the championship.

It was a repeat performance by the 20-year-old Vietnamese GM, invited to participate in the event for the first time last year.

Of the ten matches at the July 21-31 event, Liem had nine draws and only one win over defending champion Ruslan Olegovich Ponomariov of Ukraine, currently ranked 10th in the world.

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Ponomariov finished third while 40th-ranked followed by Dutch prodigy Anish Giri and sixth-ranked Japanese American Hikaru Nakamura.

The host nation's Georg Meier, ranked 90th, ended in last place.

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