Le Quang Liem received personal highest reward of US$50,000 after finishing second at the 2nd Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas on Monday.
Liem, elo 2,697, lost to world No.2 from the US, Hikaru Nakamura, elo 2,814 after losing the first game with Black in 23m36s and held with a draw in the second game playing White after 30m26s.
“I did not have a good start and put myself in difficulty… In the second game, I must win but it was not easy. I have a little advantage while he only needed strong defense for a draw.”
Liem said he couldn't even imagine he would be in second place because he had not played well at the previous tournament.
“I didn’t expect what I could gain. So I just tried to relax and do my best.”
Liem came to the event with other members of the Webster University, including Wesley So whom he defeated in group stage.
Earlier at the semifinal, Liem defeated Aleks Lenderman with 54 moves in the first game and 57 moves in the second game. Lenderman also lost the third place play-off to Yu Yangyi.