Le Quang Liem leading the 1st Dragon Capital Vietnam Chess open

Azmaiparashvili and Wesley So close behind

wesley so

GM Le Quang Liem leading the 1st Dragon Capital Vietnam Chess open after 8 rounds. One round before the end GM Le Quang Liem is 1/2 point ahead of the second GM Azmaiparashvili, and 1 point ahead of the third, GM Wesley So.
However, things are quite complicated, as GM Le Quang Liem has a very low tiebreak and in case he loses tomorrow he may stay out of the medals. On the other hand GM Wesley So has the highest tiebreak in the chasing pack and will have good chances in the final round.

Final round pairings

1 GM Shanava Konstantine 5½ - 6½ GM Le Quang Liem

2 GM Tu Hoang Thong 5½ – 6 GM Azmaiparashvili Zurab

3 Nolte Rolando 5½ – 5½ GM Dao Thien Hai

4 GM So Wesley 5½ - 5 GM Dzhumaev Marat

5 GM Nguyen Anh Dung 5 - 5 FM Nguyen Duc Hoa

6 IM Tu Hoang Thai 5 – 5 FM Pham Chuong

7 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 4½ - 4½ CM Nguyen Hoang Nam

8 CM Nguyen Van Hai 4-½ 4½ IM Bitoon Richard

9 Vo Thanh Ninh 4½ – 4½ IM Goh Weiming

10 Le Quang Long 4 – 4 IM Sadorra Julio Catalino

The tournament is the sixth and last elimination round under the Grand Prix system in the Asian-Pacific region. The event will pick the most talented chess players in the region to compete in world tournaments. The 1st Dragon Chess tournament, which will give out a total of US$20,000, is scheduled to take place from tomorrow to next Tuesday with nine matches, and attracting many players from the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Georgia, Australia, India and Vietnam.

Expect full report on Chessdom.com right after the end of the competition. The official site is

More about Chess in Vietnam

The organisers of the World Youth Championship 2008 and the ASEAN Chess Academy together with the Vietnam Chess Federation, is pleased to announce a Seminar for Coaches leading to FIDE Trainer / FIDE Instructor qualifications.

FIDE Senior Trainer (FST) and Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas (Greece) will be the lead instructor. FST and International Master Jovan Petronic (Serbia) and FST and FIDE Master Ignatius Leong (Singapore) with also be lecturers.

The seminar will be held from 20 to 30 October, and only be conducted during playing seesions (and on off days) to accommodate the many requests from national youth trainers wishing to attend but with coaching obligations while in Vung Tau, Vietnam.

You can download the official prospect and registration form at FIDE.com or contact the Course Coordinator Peter Long at peter@aseanchess.