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Le Quang Liem 
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Le Quang Liem
Number of games in database: 706
Years covered: 2002 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2697 (2770 rapid, 2799 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2717
Overall record: +200 -72 =186 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      248 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (56) 
    D11 D10 D12 D18 D16
 King's Indian (41) 
    E94 E99 E97 E60 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    A45 D02 E10 A40 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D31
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D86 D80 D91 D85 D78
 Catalan (18) 
    E06 E04 E01
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 (18) 
    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)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Tata Steel Group B (2011)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   World Cup (2013)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   Olympiad (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)

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

[what is this?]
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.

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.

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 13 May 2015

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 706  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. S Kharmoudi vs Le Quang Liem 0-142 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. A Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½27 2005 Vietnam ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. H Kallio vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½48 2005 FSGM OctoberB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. Van Huy Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½46 2005 ch-VIE PlacesB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. G Pitl vs Le Quang Liem  0-155 2005 FSGM SeptemberB86 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
8. Y Sandeep vs Le Quang Liem  0-140 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14A06 Reti Opening
9. C H Hoang vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½44 2005 ch-VIE PrelimB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. Le Quang Liem vs A Hohluks  1-053 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14A43 Old Benoni
11. T Nabaty vs Le Quang Liem  1-074 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. T Fogarasi vs Le Quang Liem  1-077 2005 FSGM OctoberB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Le Quang Liem vs Ly Hong Nguyen  1-036 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
14. Le Quang Liem vs A Utegaliyev 1-026 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. C Sandipan vs Le Quang Liem  1-053 2005 Asian Team ChampionshipsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Le Quang Liem vs S Feller  1-037 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. M Arnold vs Le Quang Liem 0-138 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Le Quang Liem vs A Czebe  ½-½12 2005 FSGM OctoberA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
19. Le Quang Liem vs Nguyen Giang Son  1-023 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Le Quang Liem vs I Chirila  1-053 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Le Quang Liem vs C Sandipan  ½-½45 2005 Asian Team ChampionshipsE97 King's Indian
22. Le Quang Liem vs P Prohaszka  0-127 2005 FSGM OctoberE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. M Bojchev vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½32 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Duc Hoa Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  1-046 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD94 Grunfeld
25. Le Quang Liem vs Nguyen Ngoc Phung  1-042 2005 ch-VIE PrelimE97 King's Indian
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 706  PGN Download
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  notyetagm: FIDE World Rapid Championship (2013)

LQL wins the blitz championship!!!

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  wordfunph: 2013 World Blitz Champion - GM Le Quang Liem


Jun-10-13  iking: congrats <Le> ....
Jun-10-13  Eti fan: Le Quang is World Blitz Champion, final standings
Jul-18-13  Thanh Phan: The English version of his link on top is inactive, Weekly blog by Lê:
Aug-22-13  BlackFront: <Liu Kang wins>
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  Chess for life: Pretty sure I just saw Mr. Le Quang at the Au Bon Pain in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA...Does he go to MIT or live in the area?
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  perfidious: There is an Au Bon Pain in Kendall Square now?

Many years ago, used to play in the shop at Harvard Square.

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  Susan Polgar: Chess for life, not possible. He was training with his Webster University teammates this afternoon in St. Louis.
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  Chess for life: <perfidious> Yes, but there isn't nearly as much chess there as there is in Harvard Square.

<Susan Polgar> OK, thanks for letting me know! Now that I'm looking through Google Images of him, there are some slight differences in appearance with the person I saw, but not by much!

Oct-16-13  lakers4sho: Le is destroying the field in the SPICE Cup Open, this is too easy for Webster's #1.
Dec-12-13  supy: Le Quang live now from Mind Sports
Dec-28-13  Eti fan: Pan American chess games with Le Quang
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  Penguincw: Happy 23rd birthday to GM Le Quang Liem!
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  Alien Math: Studying in the US, Quang Liem may lose local funding

VietNamNet Bridge – Vice Chair of the Vietnam Chess Federation Dang Tat Thang said the sponsorship deal for Vietnam’s top chess player Le Quang Liem may be ended because Liem did not comply with the agreement.

According to the contract signed in 2011, Quang Liem will receive $150,000 from the sponsor in the period of 2012-2015. However, Liem must not study overseas but focus on the chess career.

However, Liem went to the US last year to study at the Webster in the US so the contract may be revised.

Another leading chess player of Vietnam – Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son – also signed a similar contract.

According to the contracts, two players will be receiving a total of $200,000 to compete at international tournaments and hire coaches. Since Quang Liem went to the U.S., his focus on chess and the number of tournaments he participated in has reduced.

May-22-14  Eti fan: Le Quang Liem victorious in round 1 of
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  jamesmaskell: <Eti fan> Thanks for mentioning him playing. I hadn't realised the tournament was underway. A couple of upsets already!
Jul-23-14  zanzibar: I'm curious about Vietnamese conventions for names.

The FIDE card for this player is <Le, Quang Liem>.

This suggests <LE> is the surname, and <Quang Liem> is some kind of "prenom" (is there the concept of middle name in Vietnamese? Yes- see wiki article).

But the photograph has the name as:

<LE QUANG, Liem>

suggesting <LE QUANG> is the surname, which is not the case.

Wikipedia has a good article on Vietnamese Names here:

So, if I understand it Le is the surname, Quang is the middle name, and Liam the "given name" (i.e. the primary form of address for Vietnamese).

In formal usage, he should be referred to by his given name ("Mr. Liam").

Jul-23-14  Thanh Phan: <zanzibar> Often you would find his name with <Quang Liêm> and not just <Liêm> or <Mr. Liêm>,

His middle name appears as <Quang>, first name as <Liêm> and last name as <Lê> as in this news article

Jul-23-14  zanzibar: <Thanh Phan> <Often you would find> ... would that mean in print, when writing about the person?

Here is what I read in the Wiki article I referenced:

<Given Name

In most cases, formally, the middle name is actually a part of the given name. For example, the name "Đinh Quang Dũng" is separated into the surname "Đinh" and the given name "Quang Dũng". In a normal name list, these two parts of the full name are put in two different columns. However, in daily conversation, the last word in a given name with a title before it is used to address a person, for example "Ông Dũng", "Anh Dũng", etc. where "Ông" and "Anh" are words to address the person which depend on age, social position, etc.


The given name is the primary form of address for Vietnamese. [...] Typically, Vietnamese will be addressed with their given name, even in formal situations, although an honorific equivalent to "Mr.", "Mrs.", etc. will be added when necessary. >

They then cite the following examples: <

o <Nguyễn Tấn Dũng> is the current Prime Minister of Vietnam. Nguyễn is his family name, Tấn is his middle name, and Dũng is his given name. In formal usage, he is referred to by his given name ("Mr. Dũng"), not by his family name ("Mr. Nguyễn").

o Likewise, the famous general and military leader, <Vơ Nguyên Giáp>, is referred to by his given name, e.g., "General Giáp."


Jul-23-14  Thanh Phan: <zanzibar: <Often you would find> ... would that mean in print, when writing about the person?> That is correct for print, articles or searches, for person to person talks the article you cited is correct, sorry to have not clarified it enough before
Jul-24-14  zanzibar: <Thanh Phan> No problem, thanks for your helpful comments.
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  cro777: The 2014-2015 Webster University - SPICE team headed by Le Quang Liem (USCF 2800).

Mar-13-15  LivBlockade: Happy Birthday, LQL!

For those who have not yet seen it, Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011 is a very nice game.

Mar-17-15  Bruce Graham: Congratulations to Le Quang Liem for winning the FIDE Zone 3.3 tournament in Saigon a few days ago. He clinched it after drawing with GM Barbosa Oliver in the final round.
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