With his new Elo rating of 2,712, Liem returned to 35thposition in the world chess rankings of 2700chess.com.
This has been Liem’s highest achievement since his Elo hit a record high of 2717 in September 2011
At the current Chess World Cup in Norway Liem defeated three strong rivals: Oliver Barbosa (the Philippines), Vallejo Pons (Spain) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia) to enter the fourth round.
However, he was narrowly beaten by the Chess World Cup defending champion Peter Svidler(Russia) in their tie-break games.
After the tournament, he flew straight to the US for study at the Webster University without attending the 27thSEA Games in Myanmar late this year.
During his study in the US, he will attend several tournaments to improve his performance capacity. Webster University houses the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE) headed by world chess master Susan Polgar, who provided him with valuable experience to help complete at the World Chess Cup.
The university will be a great place for Liem to study with several world chess masters, including So Wesley (the Philippines) – Liem’s archrival in Southeast Asia.