With one point more than the followers, Liem entered the decisive game on March 24 with the Hungarian grandmaster with confidence, forcing No2 seed to draw after 30 moves.
|Berker Ferenc (R) congratulated Liem on his championship title (Photo:VNE)
The Vietnamese player got a total of 7.5 points after 6 wins and 3 draws, and received a cash prize worth US$10,000.
In the previous two HDBank tournaments, Liem was selected No1 seed, but lost out to his Chinese rivals.
This year he delivered a brilliant performance, including a victory over Zhou Jianchao of China in round 7.
Meanwhile, other Vietnamese hopefuls such as Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy, Le Tuan Minh, and Nguyen Duc Hoa were ousted from the top ten due to losses in the decisive games.
Lu Shanglei of China came in second with 7 points, followed by Zhou Jianchao of China, Paragua Mark of the Philippines, and Berkes Ferenc of Hungary, who all got 6.5 points.