HA NOI — After almost three hours on Wednesday, the seventh round of the Sparkassen Chess Meeting 2010 concluded with the match between Vietnamese Le Quang Liem and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia ending in a draw, their second in the Dortmund-based tournament.
The 19-year-old Asian could have snatched victory as at the close of the game he held a distinct advantage, with only his inexperience denying him a win.
The draw in the first-leg game last Thursday was initially thought to have been due to the failure of the former Russian champion to close the game. But the second draw emphasised the top Southeast Asian player’s talent, with him winning rave reviews on chess websites internationally.
Liem, after two wins, three draws and one loss, stands in second place in the six-master tournament with 3.5 points. He trails Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine, Liem’s third round losing opponent, with four points. Ponomariov on Wednesday also drew with the world No 16 Peter Leko of Hungary. Leko, despite big expectations in the tournament remains rooted to the bottom of the table with only two points.
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