Vietnamese International Grandmaster Le Quang Liem has beaten defending European champion Vladislav Artemiev of Russia in the third round of the FIDE World Cup in Russia.
|Vietnamese International Grandmaster Le Quang Liem. Photo fide.com|
Liem on Wednesday beat his rival 3.5 – 2.5 in blitz chess to advance to the fourth round of the tournament.
Earlier, both players drew their first and second game in the standard event so they had to play rapid games to decide the winner.
Liem will face Levon Aronian of Armenia, who was world No 2 in 2014, in the next round.
By reaching the fourth round of 16 players, Liem will walk away with at least US$25,000.
The US$1.6 million Chess World Cup is a 128-player single-elimination chess tournament held from September 9 to October 4, 2019.
Top Vietnamese chess player Le Quang Liem has drawn with Vladislav Artemiev of Russia in the first leg of the third round of the FIDE World Cup in the town of Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.