Vietnam's chess ace takes first win in Netherlands

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Vietnam's top chess player Le Quang Liem beat Friso Nijboer of the host nation at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2011 in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands on Friday.

Liem, ranked 79th in the world (Elo 2664) played an attacking game with black pieces against 269th ranked Nijboer (Elo 2548).

It was Liem's first victory at the event after three ties and two losses. It took Liem, the only Vietnamese to enter the world's top 100 in rankings, to the 9th position in Group B with 2.5 points, while Briton Luke James McShane, ranked 78th (Elo 2664) is on top of the group with 5 points after four wins and two ties. McShane is Liem's next rival.

The 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament, which attracted several big names including the top three players in the world Norway's Magnus Carlsen, India's Viswanathan Anand, and Armenia's Levon Aronian, began on 14th and will end on 30th of this month.

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