Liem leads SPICE Cup after 8 rounds

(VOV) - Chess Grandmaster Le Quang Liem leads the Spice Cup after 8 rounds following a dramatic win over Sevian Samuel at the Crowne Plaza Clayton Hotel in St Louis Missouri.

Liem gained 6.5 points after three draws and five wins to emerge victorious at the tournament, eking out Shimanov Aleksandr and Troff Kayden, both from the US by 0.5 points.

In the ninth and final round of the Swiss tournament, Liem will face Ukrainian rival Nyzhnyk Illya.

The US$15,000 tournament, sponsored by Webster University and the Susan Polgar Foundation, is the highest rated international invitational tournament in the US.