Vietnam's chess star Le Quang Liem advanced to the third round after beating host player Boris Grachev in the second round of the on-going 2011 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia on Thursday.
Vietnam's No.1, Liem, who has jumped two positions to 25th in the newly-released World rankings, defeated the 61st-ranked Grachev by drawing with the Russian player in their second round's second leg on Thursday after a win in their first leg on Wednesday.
The third round spot assures Liem of prize money worth $16,000 from the organizers of the fourth World Cup from August 28th till September 20th.
Liem is now the third best Asian player behind India's number one Anand Viswanathan, ranked second in the world and 19th-ranked Chinese Wang Hao. However, Hao withdrew from the tournament in the last minute due to a heart problem.
In other matches, Vietnam's second best player, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, drew with Russian champion Peter Svidler again in their second round's second leg on Thursday, following a draw the day before.
The 114th-ranked Son and 16th-ranked Svidler are therefore set to play a tie-break game on Friday to fight for a third round berth.