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Le Quang Liem 
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Le Quang Liem
Number of games in database: 727
Years covered: 2002 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2697 (2770 rapid, 2799 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2717
Overall record: +206 -72 =193 (64.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      256 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (57) 
    D11 D10 D12 D18 D16
 King's Indian (42) 
    E94 E60 E99 E97 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    A45 D02 E10 A40 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D31
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E21 E32 E34 E54 E20
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D86 D80 D91 D85 D78
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (125) 
    B90 B52 B51 B53 B50
 Grunfeld (45) 
    D85 D80 D70 D94 D83
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B90 B92 B94 B98 B93
 Slav (38) 
    D10 D11 D18 D15 D12
 English (21) 
    A15 A17 A16 A11 A10
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    D45 D47 D44 D43
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Lenic vs Le Quang Liem, 2011 0-1
   Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2010 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs L Dominguez, 2011 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov, 2010 1-0
   M Kobalia vs Le Quang Liem, 2011 0-1
   M Ragger vs Le Quang Liem, 2010 0-1
   J Smeets vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 0-1
   Le Quang Liem vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2010 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov, 2009 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2010)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2006)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Road2Top by 27xx
   LE QUANG LIEM'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm
   2005 WYCC (open) U-14 by gauer
   2014 Spice Cup open by gauer

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(born Mar-13-1991, 24 years old) Vietnam

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FIDE Master (2003); IM (2006); GM (2006). U14 World Champion (2005); Asian Blitz Champion (2013); World Blitz Champion (2013).

Lê Quang Liêm was born in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and learned chess at the age of 7. He earned his Grandmaster title in early July 2006 when he was 15 years and 3 months old. He has also been the world's number 1 Junior (U20).

Consistently scoring well in international youth championships, he placed second in the World Youth Championship (U12) in Halkidiki, Greece in 2003, and then won the Under-16 Asian Championship in July 2004 in Iran, the Asian Youth Open U14 in December 2004, and the Under-14 World Youth Chess Championship staged in Belfort, France in July 2005.

Lê Quang Liêm's results in subsequent international tournaments has also been consistent. After doing relatively well (=4) in the 3rd Singapore Masters International Open Tournament and the Aeroflot Open 2007 A2 (=6), in April 2007, he tied for first in the Vietnam Chess Championship 2007 with Anh Dung Nguyen, winning on countback. Following this, in May 2008, he tied for first in the 2nd Philippine International Open, in August/September 2008, he won the 1st Dragon Capital Vietnam Chess Open with 7.0/9 ahead of Zurab Azmaiparashvili and Wesley So who were equal second, and in October 2008 came in half a point behind the 5 joint winners of the World Youth Chess Championships 2008 - Open 18 held in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

In 2009 he won the 2nd Vietnam Dragon Capital Chess Open 2009 with 8/9. Also in 2009, he won the 4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009) with 8/10 ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (defeating that player in their individual game), the Zhejiang Lishui Xingqiu Open with 7.5/9, and placed equal third in the 8th Asian Continental Individual Open Championship. In February 2010, Lê Quang Liêm tied for first in the Moscow Open (2010) with Konstantin Chernyshov, Evgeny Bareev, and Ernesto Inarkiev, with the first two mentioned taking the first and second places on countback. Immediately afterwards, he won the 9th Aeroflot Open (2010) with 7/9 and a 2872 performance rating, thereby attracting an invitation to Dortmund (2010). In March 2010, he won the Vietnam Chess Championship , and in April 2010, he took equal second behind Ni Hua at the 9th Asian Continental Men's Chess Championship held in the Philippines. In his inaugural top-flight tournament, Dortmund (2010), and with 5.5/10 and a 2775 performance rating, Lê took outright second place behind Ruslan Ponomariov and ahead of Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Arkadij Naiditsch, and Peter Leko. A few months later he came =1st (2nd on count back behind Zhao Jun) at the 1st Campomanes Memorial Cup Open with 7/9, and entered the 2700 club on the live rating list for the first time. 2010 finished with a poor showing in the Asian Games where he scored one draw in five rounds, losing 25 ELO. After a poor start in the Tata Steel Group B (2011), Lê regained some form and finished strongly to come =4th with +5 -3 =5 and a 2715 performance rating. He continued his good form by successfully defending the Aeroflot Open (2011), winning with 6.5/9 (+5 -1 =3) on tiebreak ahead of Evgeny Tomashevsky and Nikita Vitiugov; his performance rating for the tournament was 2809. In May he scored equal first with Vassily Ivanchuk (who won on tiebreaks) in the 46th Capablanca Memorial (2011) and in July he came outright second in the category 20 Dortmund (2011) with 5.5/10 (TPR 2770) behind Kramnik, repeating his 2010 success at the same tournament. In October 2011, Lê came =6th in the 1st Qinhuangdao Open Chess Tournament but then followed up by winning the SPICE Cup (2011) in the last round by winning a brilliant game against front runner Leinier Dominguez Perez, his final score being 6.5/10 (+4 -1 =5 for a TPR of 2753).

Lê Quang Liêm competed for Vietnam at the Chess Olympiads in 2006 (board 4), 2008 (board 2), 2010 (board 1), 2012 (board 1) and 2014 (board 1). He also played in the World Chess Cup (2007) and World Cup (2009), but on both occasions was knocked out in the first round by Andrei Volokitin and Vladislav Tkachiev respectively. Qualifying through his results in the 2011 Asian Continental championship, Lê has fared better at the World Cup (2011), defeating Indonesian GM Susanto Megaranto in the first round, and Russian GM Boris Grachev in the second round before being eliminated in the third round tiebreaker by Cuban GM Lazaro Bruzon Batista.

2012 began well for Lê, scoring 7/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2012), but then fared poorly at Aeroflot Open (2012), scoring 4/9 and shedding enough rating points to reduce his rating to below 2700. A strong showing at the 2nd HD Bank Cup Open in March 2012, where he scored 7.5/9 to place outright second behind Ni Hua, restored him temporarily to the 2700 club, but meagre performances in the early rounds of the Chinese League (2012) and in the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012) (5.5/9) were not entirely redressed by good results in the Asian Nations Cup 2012 (6/8) and in the French Top 12 League (6.5/10). Consequently he sat just outside the 2700 club until a splendid performance for Vietnam at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, where he scored 8/10 (TPR 2787), coming in fifth on first board. He then came in =2nd with Ding Liren on 5.5/10 at the SPICE Cup (2012). Shortly after the end of the tournament, it was announced he would be the latest addition to the SPICE program at Webster University, commencing in the fall of 2013. (1) In November he competed in the Fujairah Tournament in the UAE, scoring a par-for-rating 6/9. 2013 started with a solid, if modest, 7/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013). In March he surged to an outright win in the HD Bank Open that was held in Ho Chi Minh City, with a score of 7.5/9 (+6 =3) and followed up with =2nd (4th on tiebreak) at the Asian Continental Championship 2013, thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2013) where beat Oliver Barbosa in the first round, Spanish #1 Francisco Vallejo Pons in the second round and Russian GM Alexander Grischuk in the third round. However, he was eliminated in the Round of 16 (fourth round) by Russian GM Peter Svidler in the rapid game tiebreaker.

Le placed outright 4th at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013) with 10/15. He then went on to win the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2013) at the event with 20.5/30 points. He ushered out 2013 with a 5/6 performance to help his team, Webster University win the 2013 PanAmerican Intercollegiate Chess Championship. In March 2014, he placed =1st (3rd on tiebreak) at the HD Bank International Open. In May 2014, he played top board for Vietnam at the Asian Nations Cup, helping his team to win silver. In June he competed in the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014). In the former he scored a respectable 9/15 without troubling the leader board, while in the latter he placed 4th with 14/21, behind Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Since this his form lapsed during the Millionaire Chess (2014) (5.5/9) and the SPICE Open (6/9), both played in October 2014. His rapid skills however remain unimpaired: in September 2014 he made a 6/6 clean sweep of the 2014 Webster Rapid, his victims including Wesley So, Illya Nyzhnyk and Ray Robson. He finished the year by helping his team Webster University A, to win the annual Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championship.

In 2015, he won Zonal 3.3 in March 2015, scoring 7.5/9, and thereby qualified for the World Cup (2015). The same month he won the 5th HDBank Cup 7.5/9. When the World Cup started in September 2015, Le defeated Vasif Durarbayli and Nikita Vitiugov in the first and second rounds, but lost to Wesley So in the first set of rapid game tiebreakers to be eliminated from the Cup.

Le's highest rating to date was 2717 in September 2011 when he was ranked #25 in the world (his highest ranking to date), and #2 Junior in the world. He reached 2717 again in April 2013 when he was ranked #27.

Live rating: Weekly blog by Lê: (1)

Wikipedia article: Le Quang Liem

Last updated 19 September 2015

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 727  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Le Quang Liem vs Lahno 0-149 2002 World ol U16E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. Le Quang Liem vs S Feller  1-035 2004 WYb14E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
3. Le Quang Liem vs S Feller  1-037 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
4. Le Quang Liem vs Nguyen Giang Son  1-023 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. M Arnold vs Le Quang Liem 0-138 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Le Quang Liem vs A Czebe  ½-½12 2005 FSGM OctoberA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
7. Le Quang Liem vs I Chirila  1-053 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Le Quang Liem vs C Sandipan  ½-½45 2005 Asian Team ChampionshipsE97 King's Indian
9. Le Quang Liem vs P Prohaszka  0-127 2005 FSGM OctoberE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Le Quang Liem vs Nguyen Ngoc Phung  1-042 2005 ch-VIE PrelimE97 King's Indian
11. M Bojchev vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½32 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Duc Hoa Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  1-046 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD94 Grunfeld
13. L Bergez vs Le Quang Liem  0-156 2005 FSGM SeptemberB50 Sicilian
14. Le Quang Liem vs J Cabrera Trujillo 1-036 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. V Bui vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½53 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. T Dao vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½41 2005 Vietnam ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. A Murariu vs Le Quang Liem  1-031 2005 FSGM OctoberB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Le Quang Liem vs Van Huy Nguyen  1-058 2005 ch-VIE PlacesE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
19. Le Quang Liem vs M Matlakov  ½-½35 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
20. Le Quang Liem vs Trong De Toan Le  1-020 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. S Kharmoudi vs Le Quang Liem 0-142 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Van Huy Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½46 2005 ch-VIE PlacesB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. A Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½27 2005 Vietnam ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. H Kallio vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½48 2005 FSGM OctoberB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. G Pitl vs Le Quang Liem  0-155 2005 FSGM SeptemberB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Sep-17-15  Pulo y Gata: Time to sleep now. I'm fully confident LQL will bring home the kevin.
Sep-17-15  epistle: He escapes with a draw. Nice strategy by coach Paul Truong: draw with black and win with white.

Go Vietnam!

Sep-18-15  epistle: Surprise him Le Quang...
Sep-18-15  Pulo y Gata: Make not just LQ, Liem. Make war!
Sep-20-15  chessnewsome: Hahaha. Your vietnamese idol is defeated. Re group team Webster
Sep-20-15  chessnewsome: Wonder why this Filipino fans support the vietnamese player? Nice crabs
Sep-20-15  Pulo y Gata: Chess is beyond nationality. Why are rooting for an American then? lol
Sep-20-15  cornier: Pulolo Gatong can't even tell the difference between this player's first name and last name.

Trolling of course crosses everything – national boundaries, sanity, etc.

Pagbigyan na lang natin si Kakang Gata aka Lolong Gata at kawawa naman. Napaglipasan na ng panahon.

At least sa "internets" kahit paano naging bida si Tanda. "Style" nya yan, hayaan nyo na lang mga korni nyang banat at wala naman yang binatbat sa totoong buhay.

Sep-20-15  Dzsqra: Pulo is not even a has-been. You see, to be a has-been, you have to (at some point in your life) be "there" first. Pulo was never there, not even close. Talent- and skills-wise, Pulo is extremely lacking. So instead of calling him a has-been, he should be called a never-been.
Sep-20-15  cornier: This patzer Pulo is a devotee of "no-style" chess. That's why he ended up a never-been and a bitter old man. You're right Dzsqra, Pulo "never-been" Gata is extremely lacking but I'm not even talking about chess talent (which he doesn't have).
Sep-20-15  Pulo y Gata: lol. quite bloated after the win, you guys!

will wbs win over mvl? mvl owns him, i gather.

LQL goes back to being a straight A student, intelligent, humble and successful in life. Good for him that he is not limited to some 64 squares.

Sep-20-15  cornier: And Pulo "never-been, no-style, no-limits" Gata is still stuck in his little pretend world where he is intelligent, successful and righteous.
Sep-20-15  Pulo y Gata: Not righteous, just right. But you are using a different dictionary, so.

How easily bloated the head is!

Sep-20-15  cornier: You are a bible-quoting, morality-preaching "adult" joker in your pretend world, Pulo "pretend righteous" Gata.

You actually need dictionary for this?

Sep-20-15  Pulo y Gata: Hey, wbs just won! Y u foaming in the foot and mouth? y do care who i support? Go, LQL!
Sep-20-15  cornier: Self-righteous persons are usually the ones fuming and foaming. These raving lunatics are easy to spot. They are usually seen preaching with the bible in one hand and the dictionary in the other.
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  perfidious: <cornier: Self-righteous persons are usually the ones fuming and foaming. These raving lunatics are easy to spot....>

A mere five posts and another such animal is spotted.

Sep-20-15  cornier: And this you conclude because I only have 5 posts while you (your perv handle) have 18,257 posts. What kind of animal has that many posts?
Sep-20-15  Pulo y Gata: <perfidious> Be careful with this one. You don't want to be attacked by a thousand handles, lol.

Then again, he's no match to you.

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  perfidious: Make that six (under the above handle), but they will be visible no more.
Sep-21-15  epistle: History repeated itself in a different way.

Before: The French colonised Vietnam and later Vietnam beats the US

Today: The US (player) beats the Vietnamese, but the French avenged him.

Oct-11-15  AzingaBonzer: LQL is very close to his peak rating of 2717. With a good performance on Monday, he could set a new peak for himself.
Oct-12-15  epistle: I do not know how he'll do against the great Naka one-on-one. But one thing is sure: he'll do better than So.
Oct-12-15  AzingaBonzer: LQL is a blitz monster, but of course so is Naka. Whoever wins will probably face Yu in the finals.
Oct-19-15  Bruce Graham: I met Liem once in the Rex Hotel in Saigon after his first Aeroflot Open victory in 2010. A very polite and well-spoken young man.
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