Vietnam's No. 1 chess player Le Quang Liem will fly to China on Monday to compete at the 2011 World Mind Sports Games (WMSG) in Beijing from December 8-12.
The 28th-ranked Liem plans to play in the rapid and blitz events, and is likely to compete in the blindfold contest, too.
The event organizers invited 16 world stars with elo 2,700 and over; the 20-year-old Liem (elo 2717) is in the 10th place out of the 16 competitors.
Chess experts say that Liem is not likely to finish among the top spots because he is not very good at rapid and blitz chess, but the South East Asian champion Liem will probably do well in the blindfold event.
In addition to Liem, Ngo Lan Huong and Nguyen Hoang Lam will compete in the Xiangqi (Chinese chess) contest at the WMSG.
Hoang Lam and Lan Huong won two gold medals in the men's and women's contests at the 15th Asian Xiangqi Individual Championships in Macau last month.