2013 World Blitz Champion

One of the top players in the world

#1 Ranked Chess Player in Vietnam

Forbes Vietnam's 30 Under 30 2015


Liem Quang Le was born in 1991 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He learned to play chess at age 6 with his elder brother, and soon started training with coaches at a local chess club. His first foreign tournament took place in 2001 in Bikaner, India, where he won a silver medal for Asian Championship Under 10. Subsequent achievements included winning several national and continental titles, as well as two silver medals and one gold medal for World Championships Under 10, 12, and 14, respectively.

By age 14 Liem had become an International Master. In 2006, he achieved the highest title of Chess Grandmaster at age 15 after a remarkable performance at the 37th Chess Olympic in Turin, Italy. He has been ranked No. 1 in Vietnam since 2008, and later on became the first chess player in Southeast Asia to join the elite group of world-class grandmasters with rating over 2700.

Liem is the only one in chess history to win the prestigious Aeroflot Open tournaments two times in a row in 2010 and 2011. He has been consistently ranked as one of the top rated players in the world since 2011. He is also a frequent participant in multiple World Cups, Olympics, and other elite chess competitions. In 2013, he achieved the greatest distinction of winning the World Blitz Championship, the first Vietnamese athlete to win a world title of any sport.

He is currently residing in Saint Louis, MO, United States to complete his Finance program at Webster University. As the captain of Webster Chess Team, he has led the team to three consecutive U.S. national collegiate championships.

Thanks to his lifelong achievements, Liem was awarded three Labor Orders by the President of Vietnam, and "Blitz Player of the Year" by Asian Chess Federation. He was also honored as a member of "30 Under 30" by Forbes Vietnam, and "On the Rise" list by Forbes Asia.