Le Quang Liem wins at Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship

(CPV) - Vietnam’s international chess grandmaster Le Quang Liem has added six points to his Elo rating after winning the annual Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship at Texas’ Webster University on January 1, 2014.

The tournament lured 42 chess teams representing over 20 American and Canadian universities, in which seeing the participation of lots of chess grandmasters. Texas’ Webster University consists of Le Quang Liem, Wesley So, Geord Meier, and Ray Robson.

Liem defeated Curtis A. Winter (Elo 1972), Michael Lee (Elo 2387), Niclas Huschenbeth (Elo 2537), and Leonid Kritz (Elo 2604), and drew with Yaroslav Zherbukh (Elo 2614), thus helping his team to face Texas-Brownsville-A team in the last round. Finally, he also drew with Kovalyov (Elo 2617).

Le Quang Liem (second from left) with his teammates. (Photo: JP)

Le Quang Liem (second from left) with his teammates. (Photo: JP)

Liem dominated board 1, joined by his equally impressive first place teammates – Wesley So and Ray Robson – at boards 3 and 4.
With 6 wining games, Texas’ Webster University ranked top at the event, following by Baltimore-A and Illinois-A teams.

This tour selected the best four teams to compete at President’s Cup (informally known as the “Final Four of College Chess” and typically held in the first weekend of April), which determines the US National College or University Champion.

However, each university has only one team for President’s Cup, so Webster-b team has been replaced by chess team of Texas Tech University./.

The Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship is the foremost intercollegiate team chess championship in the Americas. Started in 1946, the Pan-Am has been held under various names and formats. Hosted in part by the United States Chess Federation, the tour is open to any team comprising four players and up to two alternates from the same post-secondary school (university, college, community college) in North America, Central America, South America, or the Caribbean.