Vietnam GM gets off to a slow start in an online chess tournament
The 31-year-old grandmaster beat Canadian Eric Hansen, drew with Indian Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and lost to Russian Vladislav Artemiev and Chinese Ding Liren.
At the end of the first day, morning Hanoi time, he was in 12th place in the 16-player tournament.
Chess king Magnus Carlsen of Norway also concluded his first day with four points, finishing in 11th place.
He beat Russian Vladislav Artemiev in the first match and drew with rapid chess champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan before losing two straight matches to Russian players Andrey Esipenko and Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Despite playing from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. (China time), Liren currently leads the tournament with 10 points after three wins and one draw.
Liem, who entered the tournament as the eighth seed, will face Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland, Levon Aronian of the Republic of Armenia, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan and Anish Giri of Holland. He will play against Carlsen on Tuesday.
Airthings Masters is the first tournament in the big 2022 Champion Chess Tour series. The Feb. 19-26 event takes place with 16 players, six of whom are in the world’s top 10.
Eight players will qualify for the knockout stage.
The prize pool for this event is $150,000, with the champion pocketing $25,000. A player will receive $750 for a win and $250 for a draw.
Each player will only have 15 minutes per game, with 10 seconds added after each move.