Vietnamese chess Grandmaster Le Quang Liem has jumped from 49th to 27th place in the world rankings due to stunning victories over the last two months.

Following successes in the Capablanca Memorial and the French chess league, Liem's Elo ranking rose from 2,687 to 2,715, which was enough to make him an International Super Grandmaster and the first Vietnamese to earn the title.

Liem also jumped from third to first place in the World Chess Federation (FIDE) rankings for players under the age of 20.

"The ranking does not surprise me because I have been calculating my points through tournaments since the beginning of the year. However, it is a landmark in my career because I will have more opportunities to compete at higher level tournaments in the future," Liem said.

He will be competing at the Super Grandmaster tournament in Dortmund, Germany, from July 19 to August 1, where he made a big bang to take the second place last year.

The 20-year-old will later take part in the Chess World Cup in Russia.

In October Liem will participate in an invitational tournament in the US where he will face five other masters in a two-leg round-robin event.

The HCM City-born chess master has decided to delay his banking studies at Sai Gon University to devote more time to chess. He is also looking for a trainer to improve his rankings.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway leads the world rankings with an Elo rating of 2,821. Viswanathan Anand of India is second with 2,817 points and Levon Aronian of Armenia is third with 2,805 points./.