Vietnam's chess ace ties former world chess champ

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Vietnam's number one chess player Le Quang Liem held former world number one Russian Vladimir Borisovich Kramnik to a draw at the Super Grandmaster contest in Dortmund, Germany Sunday.

It was a hard fight for both players with the fifth-ranked Russian attacking fiercely as the 27th-ranked Vietnamese stood firm.

After a series of unrelenting attacks without success, the 36-year-old Russian settled for a draw with the 20-year-old Vietnamese. The match was 48 moves long.

It was Liem's third draw, which puts him in third place behind Kramnik, who is on top with two wins and a draw, and defending champ Ukrainian Ruslan Olegovich Ponomariov in second place.


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Liem, who is the only Vietnamese to enter the world top 100, will next clash with 17-year-old Anish Giri who is currently ranked 40th in the world and is the Netherlands' number one.

The 39th on-going Super GM chess meeting in Dortmund will end on the 31st of July. At the contest last year, Quang Liem was invited for the first time and finished in second place.

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