Vietnam's Liem finishes 7th in Gibraltar chess

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Vietnamese ace Le Quang Liem finished seventh in the Masters category at the 2012 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival Thursday after a draw with India's Parimarjan Negi in the final round.

The 20-year-old, seeded fifth, drew with the 18-year-old 22nd seeded Indian in 34 moves.

Englishman Nigel Short, the 15th seed, won the title after winning a play-off 1½-½ against the women's world champion, China's Hou Yifan, who was seeded 25th.

The two went into the play-off after finishing with 8 points apiece from 10 rounds.

In the final round, the 46-year-old Englishman beat 11th seeded Indian Krishnan Sasikiran, 31, while the 18-year-old Chinese drew with second-seeded Azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who finished fourth.

Third-seeded Englishman Michael Adams finished third with 7.5 points, followed by Mamedyarov, Moldovan GM Viktor Bologan, and Azerbaijan-born Israeli GM Emil Sutovsky, also with 7.5 each.

Liem was in a group of 17 players with 7 points, including top-seeded Russian GM Peter Svidler, who finished 12th, and fourth-seeded Hungarian GM Zoltan Almasi in eighth place.

The 10th edition of the annual event attracted 256 players from 60 countries.

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