Liem Le Quang
Liem Quang Le is a Vietnamese Grandmaster, and a former World Blitz Champion. Learning to play chess at age 6, he won one gold medal and two silver medals at World Youth Chess Championships from 2001 to 2005. In 2006, he earned the Grandmaster title after an exceptional performance at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Le has won many prestigious tournaments over the years: two-time winner of Aeroflot Open in 2010 and 2011, three-time winner of HD Bank Open in 2013, 2015, and 2017, and especially the winner of World Blitz Championship in 2013. He got 2nd place at Dortmund Sparkassen Invitational tournaments in 2010 and 2011, runner-up at Capablanca Memorial Invitational in 2011, and at the 2nd Millionaire Open in 2015. He also won four consecutive U.S. national collegiate championships with his university chess team from 2013 to 2017.
Le has been ranked No.1 in Vietnam since 2008. He has represented his country in every Olympiad and World Cup for more than 10 years. In 2018, he led the Vietnam team to a record achievement of 7th place at the 43rd Chess Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia. He also won a bronze medal at the Asian Continental Championship, and thus qualifying for World Cup 2019. During his career, he was awarded Labor Order three times by the President of Vietnam, “Blitz Player of the Year” by Asian Chess Federation, and “30 Under 30” by Forbes Vietnam. He currently lives in Saint Louis.