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International Grandmaster Le Quang Liem. Photo

Liem, who has Elo rating of 2726, drew with his Russian rival (Elo 2757) after 39 moves.

Artemiev, 21, is one of Russia’s top players. He is defending European champion and has been tipped for World Cup glory.

Former world blitz champion Liem will next meet Artemiev in the second leg later this evening.

If Liem qualifies for the fourth round as one of the last 16 players, he will earn US$25,000.


The Chess World Cup 2019 is a 128-player single-elimination chess tournament held from September 9 to October 4, 2019.

The matches from round one to round six consist of two classical games.

The finalists of the tournament, which has a total prize fund of US$1.6 million, will qualify for the Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship 2020.

Liem enters third round of FIDE World Cup

Liem enters third round of FIDE World Cup

Vietnam’s No 1 chess player Le Quang Liem advanced to the FIDE World Cup’s third round in Russia on Sunday.