The 31-year-old grandmaster beat Canada’s Eric Hansen, drew with India’s Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and misplaced to Russia’s Vladislav Artemiev and China’s Ding Liren.
On the finish of the primary day, morning Hanoi time, he was in twelfth place within the 16-player match.
Chess king Magnus Carlsen of Norway additionally wrapped up his first day with 4 factors, ending in eleventh place.
He beat Russia’s Vladislav Artemiev within the first recreation and drew with fast chess champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan earlier than dropping two video games in a row to Russian gamers Andrey Esipenko and Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Regardless of enjoying from 1-6 a.m. (China time), Liren at the moment leads the match with 10 factors after three wins and one draw.
Liem, who entered the match because the eighth seed, will face Jan-Krzysztof Duda of Poland, Levon Aronian of Republic of Armenia, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan and Anish Giri of Holland. He’ll play towards Carlsen Tuesday.
Airthings Masters is the primary match of the grand collection 2022 Champion Chess Tour. The Feb. 19-26 occasion is being held with 16 gamers, six of whom are on the earth’s high 10.
Eight gamers will advance to the knockout stage.
The prize pool for this occasion is $150,000, with the champion pocketing $25,000. A participant will get $750 for a win and $250 for a draw.
Every participant can have simply quarter-hour per match, with 10 seconds added after every transfer.