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Le Quang Liem
Le Quang Liem 
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Number of games in database: 1,480
Years covered: 2002 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2709 (2744 rapid, 2690 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2739

Overall record: +307 -94 =315 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 764 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (86) 
    D02 A45 E10 A46 A40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (79) 
    D37 D38 D35 D31 D30
 Slav (70) 
    D11 D10 D12 D18 D16
 King's Indian (61) 
    E60 E94 E70 E92 E99
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D85 D86 D80 D78 D91
 Sicilian (33) 
    B23 B90 B31 B27 B45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (180) 
    B90 B31 B52 B51 B53
 Grunfeld (55) 
    D85 D80 D97 D83 D70
 Sicilian Najdorf (53) 
    B90 B92 B94 B93 B98
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C65 C67 C78 C92 C77
 Slav (41) 
    D10 D11 D18 D15 D12
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A45 D02 E10 E00 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Lenic vs Le Quang Liem, 2011 0-1
   Le Quang Liem vs Aronian, 2021 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Kamsky, 2011 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov, 2009 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Kazhgaleyev, 2016 1-0
   Smeets vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 0-1
   Le Quang Liem vs Nepomniachtchi, 2010 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Ponomariov, 2010 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs V Kunin, 2017 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Dominguez Perez, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   4th Kolkata Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament (2009)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)
   FSGM August (2006)
   Oslo Esports Cup (2022)
   Charity Cup (2022)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (2020)
   Chessable Masters (2021)
   Airthings Masters (2022)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

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

   🏆 Airthings Masters Div 3
   Le Quang Liem vs G Oparin (Feb-06-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Le Quang Liem vs G Oparin (Feb-06-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Tuan Minh Le vs Le Quang Liem (Feb-06-23) 1-0, rapid
   Le Quang Liem vs Tuan Minh Le (Feb-06-23) 0-1, rapid
   G Oparin vs Le Quang Liem (Feb-06-23) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Mar-13-1991, 31 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); Asian Champion (2019)

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 Alekseyevich 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 Valeryevich Chernyshov, Evgeny Ilgizovich 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 Sparkassen (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 Sparkassen (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 Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2011) and in July he came outright second in the category 20 Dortmund Sparkassen (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 Ivanovich 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 World Rapid Championship (2013) with 10/15. He then went on to win the 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 World Rapid Championship (2014) and the 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: 2019-06-29 15:03:33

 page 1 of 65; games 1-25 of 1,611  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Le Quang Liem vs Lagno 0-1492002World ol U16E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. Le Quang Liem vs S Feller  1-0352004WYb14E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
3. Le Quang Liem vs D Ludwig  1-0392004Wch U14E21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
4. Le Quang Liem vs P Prohaszka  0-1272005FSGM OctoberE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. Le Quang Liem vs A Czebe  ½-½122005FSGM OctoberA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
6. L Bergez vs Le Quang Liem  0-1562005FSGM SeptemberB50 Sicilian
7. Le Quang Liem vs Trong De Toan Le  1-0202005ch-VIE PrelimD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Duc Hoa Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  1-0462005ch-VIE PrelimD94 Grunfeld
9. C H Hoang vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½442005ch-VIE PrelimB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
10. Le Quang Liem vs Nguyen Ngoc Phung  1-0422005ch-VIE PrelimE97 King's Indian
11. Le Quang Liem vs Nguyen Giang Son  1-0232005ch-VIE PrelimD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. V Bui vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½532005ch-VIE PrelimD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. A Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½272005Vietnam ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Le Quang Liem vs Ly Hong Nguyen  1-0362005ch-VIE PrelimD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
15. T Dao vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½412005Vietnam ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Van Huy Nguyen vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½462005ch-VIE PlacesB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. Le Quang Liem vs Van Huy Nguyen  1-0582005ch-VIE PlacesE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
18. M Bojchev vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½322005Wch U14D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. S Kharmoudi vs Le Quang Liem 0-1422005Wch U14B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Le Quang Liem vs J Cabrera Trujillo 1-0362005Wch U14E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. T Nabaty vs Le Quang Liem  1-0742005Wch U14B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
22. Le Quang Liem vs A Hohluks  1-0532005Wch U14A43 Old Benoni
23. Le Quang Liem vs A Utegaliyev 1-0262005Wch U14D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. M Arnold vs Le Quang Liem 0-1382005Wch U14D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Y Sandeep vs Le Quang Liem  0-1402005Wch U14A06 Reti Opening
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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.
May-26-16  cbpatzer: Currently on board 1 of the Asian Continental Championship
May-28-16  Pulo y Gata: <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.>

I can attest to this as I have met him several times. But make no mistake, he is a terror on the board, a gifted player who, possibly, could have gone to greater chess heights had he devoted more time to the game (i.e., not pursued his studies at Webster).

But he is making great strides in both chess and his studies, good for him! He is doing great so far in Asian Continental.

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  Penguincw: Le Quang Liem entered the Asian Men Championship as the top seed, and finished with 6.5/9 (+5,-1,=3), half a point behind Sethuraman, who won it. A last round loss with white to Ganguly cost him the tie.

Still gains a solid 5.3 points to move to #32 on the live ratings, now at 2723.3.

Jun-10-16  Pulo y Gata: "Liem (born March 13, 1991) is studying in Webster University (a 4-year scholarship starting August 2013) and spends most of the year in the United States but... continues to represent Vietnam and always makes himself available for his national team."

Oct-07-16  Mr. V: Soon enough he'll get his degree, assuming the date listed by Pulo is correct, after which I expect to see a resurgence in his career at the highest levels as a full time chess player.
May-16-17  cro777: Le Quang Liem has got his degree!

Liem had the honour to represent Vietnamese students by carrying the country’s flag at Webster University’s graduation ceremony:

Liem graduated from the university with two bachelor degrees, a BSc in Finance and a BA in Management.

He also received an honour from the Departments of Business and Management and from the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence Programme (SPICE) for his substantial contributions to SPICE in 2013-2017.

Jul-01-17  Ilkka Salonen: Le's current rating is higher than the one the article erroneously claims as his best. He's playing in the World Open in Philadelphia right now against Andrew Tang. How come Chessgames isn't covering World Open by the way? Has it lost so much in prestige, reaching the 45th edition?
Jul-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: <Ilkka Salonen>

Then the FIDE is erroneous too:

10 to 1 cg has linked the ratings to FIDE automatically.

Aug-16-17  ketchuplover: Bishops move diagonally young man
Sep-18-17  offramp: None of you wise guys had ever heard of this prodigy until...

Le Quang Liem vs V Kunin, 2017 (kibitz #3)

<Sep-05-17 tuttifrutty: LQL is the most under rated 2700+ player. No question he belongs to the elite. Just watch...look and listen. You heard it from me first.>

You read it there first. Oh Rooty!

Mar-13-18  wordfunph: GM LQL, happy birthday!
Mar-13-18  Marmot PFL: Looks just like the waiter in my favorite Asian restaurant.
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  Penguincw: Le Quang Liem performed quite well at Gibraltar Masters (2019), scoring 7/10 with only one loss.
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  Penguincw: LQL won his first round game at the Spring Chess Classic. Vietnamese news outlets like it.

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  Penguincw: And Happy Birthday to one of my favourite players, Le Quang Liem.
Jun-17-19  wordfunph: Filipino fishing boat ‘rammed’..

<He said: “Vietnam, Philippines friends,”>

Jun-29-19  sonia91: He won the Asian Continental (2019) in China. After a slow start Le Quang Liem won the last two games (vs Firouzja and Sethuraman) to take the gold, after a bronze in 2018 (which enablled him to qualify for the upcoming World Cup) and silver in 2016. Le is the first Vietnamese to win the overall Asian chess championship, usually dominated by Chinese and Indians.

Right after this victory, he also won the Spring Chess Classic A group in St Louis with 6/10.

Jul-09-19  sonia91: Liem wins his 3rd consecutive tournament, after the Asian Continental and the St Louis Summer A (2019) (not spring as I wrote in the previous comment), this time the <World Open> in Philadelphia. He beat Jeffery Xiong, who crossed 2700 in this tourney, in an Armageddon playoff.
Nov-09-19  SChesshevsky: Seems a good day for LQL on the GCT. Well suited for these rapid and blitz events. As former blitz WC he deserves wildcard consideration. Hope he gets more and finishes Bucharest well.
Sep-26-20  SChesshevsky: A guy usually under the radar but can play some really good speed chess. Former World Blitz champ and now in the semis of the Banter Series. Knocking out Radjabov and Caruana.

Think LQL's banter blitz shows well how top GMs think. Explains well his important generalities of the position but doesn't go crazy with calculation of lines. Though internally definitely sees a lot more and deeper than he says. Also interesting is his take of a position which can differ from the computer eval shown.

Hope he gets invited to many highest level fast time tourneys.

Aug-12-21  Albertan: Vietnamese Grandmaster defeats World number six in U.S. tour:

Aug-19-21  Albertan: Vietnamese Grandmaster finishes in top five in US Chess tournament:

Feb-27-22  Albertan: Liem Quang Le spreads his passion for chess through coaching:

Mar-22-22  supy: Fantastic performance so far by Le Quang Liem in the Charity Cup
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