Le Quang Liem 
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Le Quang Liem
Number of games in database: 638
Years covered: 2002 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2709
Highest rating achieved in database: 2717
Overall record: +189 -70 =175 (63.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      204 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (53) 
    D11 D10 D12 D18 D16
 King's Indian (40) 
    E94 E99 E60 E97 E91
 Queen's Pawn Game (28) 
    D02 A45 E10 E00 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (27) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39 D31
 Grunfeld (18) 
    D86 D91 D85 D78 D80
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A30 A33 A34 A31 A39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (114) 
    B90 B52 B51 B53 B50
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B90 B92 B94 B98 B93
 Grunfeld (37) 
    D85 D80 D97 D94 D83
 Slav (36) 
    D10 D11 D18 D15 D12
 English (20) 
    A15 A16 A17 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 I Nepomniachtchi, 2010 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov, 2010 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs L Dominguez, 2011 1-0
   M Ragger vs Le Quang Liem, 2010 0-1
   Le Quang Liem vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2010 1-0
   J Smeets vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 0-1
   Le Quang Liem vs Kramnik, 2010 1/2-1/2
   Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov, 2009 1-0

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

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   Road2Top by 27xx
   LE QUANG LIEM'S BEST GAMES by notyetagm

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(born Mar-13-1991) 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, Arkadi 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) and 2010 (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.

As of 1 March 2014, Lê's rating was 2709. He is Vietnam's #1 player, #7 in Asia, and #43 in the world. Rapid rating is 2724 and blitz rating is 2817.

Live rating: Weekly blog by Lê: (1)

Wikipedia article: Le Quang Liem

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 638  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 Trong De Toan Le  1-020 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Le Quang Liem vs Van Huy Nguyen  1-058 2005 ch-VIE PlacesE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
5. Le Quang Liem vs I Chirila  1-053 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Dao Thien Hai vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½41 2005 Vietnam ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. H Kallio vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½48 2005 FSGM OctoberB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Van Huy Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½46 2005 ch-VIE PlacesB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. Le Quang Liem vs J Cabrera Trujillo 1-036 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14E91 King's Indian
10. C H Hoang vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½44 2005 ch-VIE PrelimB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. Le Quang Liem vs S Feller  1-037 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. A Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½27 2005 Vietnam ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. T Fogarasi vs Le Quang Liem  1-077 2005 FSGM OctoberB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Le Quang Liem vs Ly Hong Nguyen  1-036 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
15. Le Quang Liem vs A Hohluks  1-053 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14A43 Old Benoni
16. L Bergez vs Le Quang Liem  0-156 2005 FSGM SeptemberB50 Sicilian
17. Le Quang Liem vs A Utegaliyev 1-026 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. T Nabaty vs Le Quang Liem  1-074 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Le Quang Liem vs A Czebe  ½-½12 2005 FSGM OctoberA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
20. Le Quang Liem vs Nguyen Giang Son  1-023 2005 ch-VIE PrelimD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Y Sandeep vs Le Quang Liem  0-140 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14A06 Reti Opening
22. C Sandipan vs Le Quang Liem  1-053 2005 Asian Team ChampionshipsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. S Kharmoudi vs Le Quang Liem 0-142 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Le Quang Liem vs P Prohaszka  0-127 2005 FSGM OctoberE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
25. M Arnold vs Le Quang Liem 0-138 2005 BELFORT YWCC BU14D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 638  PGN Download
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  Nightsurfer: The game that has been featured in the <XiangQi>-video that has been aired by MTV, please see my foregoing posting dating from <Apr-26-12>, namely the contest between the well-known German experts on e-sports and electronic games, that is to say: Daniel "Budi" Budiman (herewith the biography: Red vs. Etienne Cedric "Eddy" Garde (herewith the biography: - please see once more again the clip - , can be watched from the first move to the last check by following the link as follows: , you have just to click on the second picture on that very page!
May-09-12  iking: Tournament: Asian Continental 2012
Round: 05
White: Le Quang Liem
Black: Salem A R Saleh
Date: Wed May 09 2012

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 Nc6 8. Ne2 O-O 9. O-O e5 10. Be3 Qe7 11. f3 exd4 12. cxd4 Rd8 13. Qa4 Bd7 14. Qc2 Na5 15. Nf4 Qb4 16. Rfc1 b5 17. Bd5 Bxd4 18. Qf2 Bxe3 19. Qxe3 c6 20. a3 Qb2 21. Rab1 Qe5 22. Ba2 Be8 23. Ne2 Qb8 24. Rc2 Qb6 25. Kf2 Kg7 26. a4 Rab8 27. Rb4 Rd3 28. Qxb6 Rxb6 29. axb5 cxb5 30. Rc8 Bd7 31. Rc7 a6 32. Bb1 Rd2 33. Ke3 Rc6 34. Ra7 Rd1 35. Bd3 Nc4+ 36. Bxc4 bxc4 37. Rbb7 Rcd6 38. Nf4 g5 39. Nd5 Be6 40. Nc7 R6d3+ 41. Kf2 Bd7 42. Nd5 Be6 43. Nc7 R3d2+ 44. Kg3 Kf6 45. Nd5+ Ke5 46. f4+ gxf4+ 47. Nxf4 Ra1 48. Nxe6 fxe6 49. Rc7 Ra3+ 50. Kh4 Rxg2 51. Rxc4 Rxh2+ 52. Kg4 Rg2+ 53. Kh4 Rgg3 54. Rc5+ Kxe4 55. Re7 Rg6 56. Rxh7 Ra1 57. Kh5 Rg8 58. Rc4+ Kd5 59. Rh4 Rag1 60. Rh2 a5 61. Kh4 a4 62. Kh3 R1g3+ 63. Kh4 a3 64. Rd7+ Kc6 65. Re7 Kd6 66. Ra7 R3g7 67. Rd2+ Ke5

you can paste the pgn at this for instant replay

a rough double rooks endgame

what a display of guts from <SALEH> a gutsy win indeed.

Le Quang Liem will rebound in the next round for sure.


May-12-12  blade2012: Incredible winning line for Le Quang Liem!

[Event "11th Asian Championship"]
[Site "Ho Chi Minh City"]
[Date "2012.05.12"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Ni, Hua"]
[Black "Le, Quang Liem"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B84"]
[WhiteElo "2673"]
[BlackElo "2703"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[EventCountry "VIE"]
[TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e6 7. Be2 Qc7 8. g4 b5 9. g5 Nfd7 10. a3 Bb7 11. Qd2 Nc6 12. Nxc6 $146 (12. h4) 12... Bxc6 13. f4 Nc5 14. Bf3 Qb7 15. Qd4 e5 16. fxe5 Ne6 17. Qd2 dxe5 18. Nd5 Bd6 19. O-O-O O-O 20. h4 a5 21. h5 b4 22. h6 bxa3 23. b3 Rfc8 24. Nb6 Bb4 25. Qh2 Bxe4 26. hxg7 a2 27. Kb2 a4 28. c4 axb3 29. g6 h5 $2 (29... Ba3+ $1 30. Kxb3 a1=N+ $1 31. Rxa1 Qxb6+ $3 32. Bxb6 Nd4+ $1 33. Kc3 Rxc4+ $3 34. Kd2 Nxf3+) 30. Qxh5 Ba3+ 31. Kxb3 1-0

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  Alien Math: Lê Quang Liêm, Ngô Phương Lan will travel to England to attend the Olympics Games torch relay in London 21-26 June
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  Alien Math: Lê Quang Liêm increase from number 46 in the world to number 41 announced on 1-11, ELO 2705 Notes appear in vietnamese
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  Thanh Phan: With some regret, Lê Quang liêm miss an opportunity to enter the 5th Kolkata Open due to immigration procedures of applying for a vista to India, is not the first time passports limit his participation to tournaments

His next tournament attempt could be in the Philippines

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  Thanh Phan: Le Quang Liem's choice of entering the Festival Tradewise Gibraltar 2013 in the UK from 22 to 31-1-2013, instead of the Moscow Open 2013 which takes place at the same time.
Mar-13-13  IndigoViolet: Le Quang, didn't he use to be in <Mortal Kombat>?
Mar-24-13  joeyj: Le Quang Liem wins 3rd HDBank Cup 2013;

The 3rd HDBank Cup International Open Chess Tournament that was held on 19-24 March 2013 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam was won by the #1 seed Hyper GM Le Quang Liem (VIE)2709 when his final round (R9) game against the #2 seed Hyper GM Berkes Ferenc (HUN)2702 was drawn after the 31st move.

Le Quang Liem, who only needs a draw in the last round to claim the title, scored 7.5/9 (6Wins-3Draws-NoLoss) with a Rating-performance(Rp) of 2779 and a +7.8 in FIDE rating points. This bring his Standard ‘Live Rating’ to 2716.8 or 2717 FIDE rating come April 2013 publication. This will equal his Standard ‘Peak Rating’ of 2717 which he previously registered in September 2011. Le, took home the top prize of 10,000 USD and the Champion’s trophy.

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Jun-06-13  supy: Le Quang is part of the World rapid blitz events
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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
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  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
Mar-13-14  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.

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