It's hard to imagine anyone winning the ridiculously strong Aeroflot Open two years in a row. But last year's winner, Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, is making a go of it and is in clear first after five rounds having given up only one draw so far. By winning last year he got the automatic invite to Dortmund and further amazed us all by finishing in clear second place ahead of Kramnik, among others. That result might have been good enough to get him invited back to the German classic, but why take the chance? Surprisingly, the 19 year old has actually dropped quite a few rating points since that Dortmund showing. Losing four games in a row in the Asian Team Ch didn't help.
Le did turn in a respectable showing in the Corus B, making +2 to finish =4-6th a point behind co-winners Navara and McShane. Other Corus participants aren't faring as well in Moscow. Wesley So is on -1 while Hammer and C group winner Vocaturo are in the cellar. Bluvshtein is on an even score. Last year Le scored +5 to take clear first at Aeroflot and he won his last two games to achieve that. He has white against Kasimjanov today.