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Vincent Keymer
V Keymer 
GRENKE Chess Open, 2018
Photo: Georgios Souleidis
Number of games in database: 70
Years covered: 2015 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2466 (2449 rapid, 2434 blitz)

Overall record: +26 -23 =17 (52.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D35
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D45 D44
 King's Indian (5) 
    E67 E81 E60 E62 E63
 Queen's Indian (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (9) 
    B90 B43 B50 B20 B41
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
 Slav (4) 
    D12 D11 D10
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 D00 E00
 Reti System (4) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Rapport vs V Keymer, 2018 0-1
   V Keymer vs Gelfand, 2018 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   GRENKE Chess Open (2018)
   World Cadets U12 (2016)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)
   Isle of Man Masters (2018)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   Sutovsky vs V Keymer (Oct-28-18) 1-0
   V Keymer vs Gelfand (Oct-27-18) 1-0
   L'Ami vs V Keymer (Oct-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Keymer vs T Hoefelsauer (Oct-25-18) 1-0
   D G Fridman vs V Keymer (Oct-24-18) 1-0

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(born Nov-15-2004, 14 years old) Germany

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International Master. Keymer scored 8/11 at the 2014 WYCC U-14 group; 7.5/11 at the 2015 WYCC U-12 group; 8.5/11 at the World Cadets U12 (2016) (tying for 10th); and 6/11 at the World Junior Championship (2017).

He won the GRENKE Chess Open (2018), held in March-April 2018, scoring 8-1 and finishing ahead of over 50 grandmasters, including four (Dmitry Andreikin, Wang Hao, Etienne Bacrot, and Richard Rapport) rated over 2700. His performance was 1.5 points more than that required for a GM norm. He began the tournament seeded 99th. His coach is Peter Leko.

References / Sources (2016 U 12 Cadet's)

Last updated: 2018-07-29 00:22:17

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Stern vs V Keymer  1-053201586th ch-GERE20 Nimzo-Indian
2. V Keymer vs E Vorobiov  ½-½27201628th Staufer-OpenD80 Grunfeld
3. Ughur Ilyasli vs V Keymer 0-1232016World Cadets U12B20 Sicilian
4. V Keymer vs Sargis Vach Sargsyan  1-0482016World Cadets U12E15 Queen's Indian
5. Khazar Babazada vs V Keymer  0-1302016World Cadets U12A07 King's Indian Attack
6. V Keymer vs Renjie Huang  1-0462016World Cadets U12D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Andrew Z Hong vs V Keymer  1-0652016World Cadets U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. V Keymer vs Momchil Petkov  1-0632016World Cadets U12A59 Benko Gambit
9. V Skatchkov vs V Keymer  0-1252016World Cadets U12D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. R Praggnanandhaa vs V Keymer ½-½502016World Cadets U12A07 King's Indian Attack
11. V Keymer vs Sarin Nihal  ½-½512016World Cadets U12D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Santiago Avila Pavas vs V Keymer  ½-½712016World Cadets U12D02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. V Keymer vs Ganzorig Amartuvshin  1-0572016World Cadets U12E81 King's Indian, Samisch
14. V Keymer vs A Sumets  0-1532016Heusenstamm Schloss OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. V Keymer vs V Kunin  0-11092016Heusenstamm Schloss OpenE15 Queen's Indian
16. D Wagner vs V Keymer  1-047201613th Vandoeuvre OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
17. V Burmakin vs V Keymer  1-052201729th Staufer-OpenA06 Reti Opening
18. V Keymer vs M Bosiocic  0-1842017GRENKE Chess Classic (Open)E15 Queen's Indian
19. V Keymer vs J Lampert  ½-½332017GRENKE Chess Classic (Open)D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Dusan Popovic vs V Keymer  ½-½252017GRENKE Chess Classic (Open)A06 Reti Opening
21. Epishin vs V Keymer  1-0492017GRENKE Chess Classic (Open)A06 Reti Opening
22. S Commercon vs V Keymer  1-0532017Bundesliga 2017/18D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. V Keymer vs Bacrot 0-1642017Bundesliga 2017/18D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Marco Zenari vs V Keymer  0-1432017World Junior ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
25. V Keymer vs Xiangyu Xu  0-1322017World Junior ChampionshipD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 70  PGN Download
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Apr-03-18  ndg2: Well Hou has over 2650. I consider 2600 the minimum ELO to not look totally embarrassing. Doubtful he can reach that within one year even with his ELO gain in the open (40 points).
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  whiteshark: In a post tournament interview Vincent said that he's not sure he should insist on playing the Grenke Classic next year. "They are so much better."

related CB report:

Apr-03-18  varishnakov: I think they should post the games from the Open here on chessgames.
Apr-03-18  Solon: When Carlsen won the C-group in Wijk in 2004 I said to a friend that he would be World Champion one day because Ēmany kids can win against world class players but winning tournaments, that is entirely differentĒ.

So I have no doubt that this guy will be WC in not so many years.

Now to my question: can you experts recommend some brilliant games of his? Which are the best games in the database?

Apr-03-18  happyjuggler0: He has good initials for a top chess player. !? or ?!
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Solon,

Well spotted, here Technical Draw has the rights to that one with his 2004 comment:

"The Search for Bobby Fischer is over."

Magnus Carlsen (kibitz #34)

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  FSR: <BobbieM: Youíre counting a draw vs Riff as a win.>

No, I counted it as a draw - 2503 (Riff's rating).

Apr-03-18  Solon: Sally, I didnít mean to brag, just to point out that winning strong tournaments is completely different from making a draw in a rapid game against Kasparov when you are 13, or even winning such a game.

Vincentís victory is even more impressive than Carlsenís win in Wijk aan Zee and Iím completely convinced he will be number 1 one day.

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  FSR: <Solon> Ughur Ilyasli vs Vincent Keymer, 2016 is entertaining. His last-round game against Rapport is a cool example of a king flight from g8 to a8. I haven't seen any super-brilliancies. He is a positional player, so you don't see a lot of games where he sacs all his pieces. Here is the Rapport game:

[Event "GRENKE Chess Open 2018"]
[Site "Karlsruhe, Germany"]
[Date "2018.04.02"]
[EventDate "2018.03.??"]
[Round "9.2"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Richard Rapport"]
[Black "Vincent Keymer"]
[ECO "D54"]
[WhiteElo "2715"]
[BlackElo "2403"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. Rc1 Nbd7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. Bd3 c6 10. Bg3 Re8 11. h3 Bb4 12. Nf3 Ne4 13. Bf4 c5 14. O-O Bxc3 15. bxc3 Nb6 16. Ne5 f6 17. Ng4 c4 18. Bb1 h5 19. Nh2 g5 20. Qxh5 gxf4 21. f3 Nd6 22. Qh7+ Kf8 23. Qh6+ Ke7 24. Qg7+ Ke6 25. Rfe1 Re7 26. Qg4+ f5 27. Bxf5+ Nxf5 28. Qg6+ Kd7 29. Qxf5+ Kc6 30. Qxf4 Be6 31. e4 Qg8 32. Qh6 Kc7 33. Kh1 Rf8 34. Re2 Rh7 35. Qd2 Kb8 36. Rce1 dxe4 37. fxe4 Bd7 38. Rf2 Re8 39. Qf4+ Ka8 40. Nf3 Rf8 41. Qh2 Na4 42. Re3 a6 43. Qe5 Bxh3 44. Kg1 Rg7 45. Nh4 Rxf2 46. Kxf2 Rxg2+ 47. Nxg2 Qxg2+ 48. Ke1 Qf1+ 49. Kd2 Bg4 50. Qe8+ Ka7 51. Qxa4 Qf2+ 0-1

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  FSR: Incidentally, folks, crowning Keymer world champion is decidedly premature. There are 31 players so far who have become grandmasters before their 15th birthday (something Keymer has yet to do). Of those, Carlsen is the world champion, Ponomariov was the FIDE world champion, Leko came within one game of becoming champion, and Hou Yifan was the women's world champion. Most, possibly all, of the others aren't going to make it.
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  saffuna: Some prodigies become great. Some fall short. Too early to say with Keymer. I'd say it's a safe bet that he'll reach 2700, though.

I was really impressed with his analysis of the Rapport game:

Calm and objective, very mature.

Apr-03-18  fisayo123: <FSR> Keymer barely plays out of Germany and even then he's not so active in tournaments with GM norm possibilities.

<There are 31 players so far who have become grandmasters before their 15th birthday (something Keymer has yet to do)>

If Keymer was as active as some of the other prodigies out there about his age, he could very well have been a GM by now. It's nowhere near as black and white as your statement makes it.

Judging by what I saw from him in some of the cadet youth championships (and hence the 2nd kibitz on this thread which is from me) Keymer is as good as any player in the world U-14 right now. He's just not as active and/or playing enough of the right tournaments so he can't improve his rating that quickly or get GM norms.

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  Sally Simpson: I don't think you are bragging Solon, I said well spotted, agree with you the way this lad is going he will up there challenging within the next few years.

At the moment he is Prince Vince. Will it be King Keymer.

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  alexmagnus: Only four players became GMs at a younger age than Keymer is now. And he has three months for two norms to remain in 4th (the four players are Karjakin, Abdusattorov, Negi and Carlsen)
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  alexmagnus: And who said you should become GM young to become a top player anyway?Mamedyarov got his title at 17.
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  saffuna: I hope he looks to improve his game rather than watch his ELO or earn GM norms. When he's an adult nobody will care how he played when he was 14 or 15. They'll care about how he's playing at that moment.

Peter Leko was extremely careful and risk-averse as a teenager, drawing game after game rather trying to win if it involved some chance of losing. I wonder if that had a negative effect on his later career.

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  alexmagnus: <I wonder if that had a negative effect on his later career.>

Did it? He didn't become world champion because he was <not> able to <draw> the final game of the WC match..

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  Sally Simpson: Vincent is possibly gifted at music as well. His dad in a concert pianist, mum plays in an orchestra and he plays the piano.

Maybe best to follow the musical path and join a rock 'n' roll band. He will meet a more stable bunch of people than chess players. :)

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  FSR: <alexmagnus> No one said it. Becoming GM at an extremely young age is neither necessary nor sufficient to become a great player.
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  keypusher: <alexmagnus: And who said you should become GM young to become a top player anyway? Mamedyarov got his title at 17.>

What a geezer! Did they test him for Geritol?

Apr-03-18  Solon: Sally, you donít think Peter Leko is stable? No, but I know what you mean, but still, If you are so good at chess as Vincent is you donít want to switch to a career in music where the competition is potentially much harder.

If he continues to improvebI think he will stick with chess.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Solon,

..."to switch to a career in music where the competition is potentially much harder."

Have you heard the latest pop/rock music, there is no competition now The Beatles are gone.

Drugs, sex and more money than a horse has ass and all he has to do is bang out three chords on his dad's piano. A gift he has already mastered.

Or days and days in front of a computer screen listening to Peter Leko telling him how to draw games and then off to some 2nd rate hotel, where smashing up a room would be an improvement to sit opposite a smelly, spotty, scratching human who is trying to trap, trick and humiliate you.

Chess is the preserve of people like you and me and everyone else here. We are just no good at anything else.

Jul-29-18  SimonWebbsTiger: 7Ĺ/10 at this year's XtraCon Open in Denmark, which finished today, netted the young lad his 2nd GM norm.
Oct-27-18  ndg2: He has 5/8 in the Isle of Man open. Can he reach a 3rd Norm before he turns 14? I think 5.5./9 should be enough in this field, but i'm not sure. He Drew L'Ami and won against Gelfand there. In the last round he will play against Sutovski.
Oct-28-18  Octavia: <jeff>the good thing about chess is you shake hands with lots of people but don't have to talk to them . I'm rooting for Akardy who successfully hides his German residency
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