GOTW: Hansen - Liem, 2019

Our Canadian Game of the Week is Eric Hansen vs Le Quang Liem, from the 3rd round of the 2019 St.Louis Spring Classic, currently underway...
In the diagram it is Black to move...


St Louis 2019 Spring Chess Classic
March 2-10, 2019

The St.Louis Spring Classic consists of two 10-player RRs. 

The A section features Vassily Ivanchuk, Le Quang Liem, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, two World Junior Champions -- Jeffery Xiong and Aryan Tari -- and Canadian GM Eric Hansen.

After three rounds, Xiong, Tari and Illya Nyzhnyk lead with 2/3. Eric Hansen has 50% after a loss to Tari, draw with Kasim, and a win over second-seed Liem (see below) -- a good start for a guy who hasn't played much OTB chess, is the lowest seed (at 2615), and has already faced two of the top four players, and opponents who outrate him by a combined 141 points.

The B section has players between 2530-2593, and is currently lead by Chinese GM Jinshi Bai with 2.5/3.

Live Games (2pm EST)

Games can be followed live, with commentary by GM Aman Hambleton, on both the St. Louis CC website, and on chess.24



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