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Son wins, Liem draws at FIDE Grand Swiss in England

Vietnamese Grandmaster Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son won his first round match at the FIDE Grand Swiss 2019 chess tournament on October 10 in England.

Vietnam’s No 2 player defeated Allen Keith of Ireland after 46 moves.

Son will next play Grandmaster Anton Guijarro David of Spain.

On the other table, Vietnam’s No 1 player Le Quang Liem took an unexpected draw against GM Jorden Van Foreest of the Netherlands who is lower than him in the world ranking.

Grandmaster Liem has 0.5 point and will face Grandmaster Vasif Durarbayli of Azerbaijan in the second match.

After the first round, world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway is in the leading position. He is followed by Spanish Fabiano Caruana and Chinese Yu Yangyi.

Liem is placed No 19 while Son is ranked No 76 at the competition.

The tournament runs for 11 rounds until October 22 with the winner taking a slot at the 2020 Candidates' Tournament. The winner of the Candidates' Tournament will earn the right to challenge reigning champion Carlsen in a match for the world championship in November 2020./.