Le Quang Liem Honored As World Blitz Champion In FIDE’s History

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has listed the winners from throughout the history of the world blitz chess championship, including local chess player Le Quang Liem who won a title back in 2013.
December 23, 2023 | 08:31

Liem won the world blitz championship title in 2013 with a score of 20.5 out of a total of 30 points after surpassing strong rivals Nepomniachtchi of Russia and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.

The same year he came first in the blitz event at the Asian Continental Championship 2013.

This year has seen Liem record impressive progress in the world’s chess rankings as he climbed to 15th place in August. The championship title at the Biel Chess Festival helped him to accumulate more points to raise his Elo score to 2740.

However, in two important tournaments, the FIDE World Cup and the 19th Asian Games (ASIAD 19), the Vietnamese player did not record good results.

Le Quang Liem Honored As World Blitz Champion In FIDE’s History
This list of winners of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). Photo: @fide_chess

The World Blitz Chess Championship is a chess tournament that is held to determine the world champion in chess played under blitz time controls. Since 2012, FIDE has held an annual joint rapid and blitz chess tournament and billed it as the world rapid and blitz chess championships.

This comes following FIDE naming the championship titles won throughout its history on its official page ahead of the world blitz chess championship which will be held in Samarkand of Uzbekistan from December 29 to December 30.

Famous Russian chess grandmaster Aleksandr Grischuk and Norwegian grandmaster Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen, who won the world blitz champions in 2012 and 2014, also featured on the list.

The International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation, commonly referred to by its French acronym FIDE, is an international organization based in Switzerland that connects the various national chess federations and acts as the governing body of international chess competitions. FIDE was founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924. Its motto is Gens una sumus, Latin for 'We are one Family'. In 1999, FIDE was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As of May 2022, there are 200 member federations of FIDE.

About Le Quang Liem

Le Quang Liem is a Vietnamese grandmaster well known for his speed chess skills. He is best known for winning the World Blitz Chess Championship in 2013 ahead of several elite players.

Liem is known to have an extremely sharp tactical eye and many notable games in that area. He has also won several open tournaments all across the globe (sometimes twice or thrice!) namely, Aeroflot Open, HD Bank Open, SPICE Cup, Kolkata Open, and the World Youth Under 14 Chess Championship.

He was the premier chess prodigy from Vietnam and achieved his Grandmaster title at the age of 15. Ever since he has played for the national team of Vietnam and has also been their highest-ranked player for the past several years. In 2014, he joined Webster University in the USA and won the President’s Cup (Chess) for the national college chess team championships for four years as a student from 2014 to 2017 while playing board 1 every time.

Le won consecutive Biel International Grandmaster Triathlons in 2022 and 2023.

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