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Vincent Keymer
Photo credit: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung  
Number of games in database: 355
Years covered: 2015 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2558 (2487 rapid, 2476 blitz)

Overall record: +101 -77 =113 (54.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 64 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D38 D37 D39 D35 D31
 Reti System (22) 
    A06 A04
 King's Indian (18) 
    E60 E67 E81 E63 E94
 English (17) 
    A15 A13 A10 A18 A14
 Slav (12) 
    D12 D11 D15 D10 D14
 Semi-Slav (11) 
    D45 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B90 B51 B23 B43 B92
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B12 B10 B13 B18 B15
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D02 E10 E00 A45 D00
 Sicilian Najdorf (21) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96
 Reti System (13) 
 English (10) 
    A13 A11 A17 A18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Keymer vs Gelfand, 2018 1-0
   V Keymer vs G Meier, 2019 1-0
   Navara vs V Keymer, 2021 0-1
   Rapport vs V Keymer, 2018 0-1
   V Keymer vs Dubov, 2022 1-0
   V Keymer vs Aronian, 2022 1/2-1/2
   V Keymer vs Nepomniachtchi, 2022 1/2-1/2
   V Keymer vs Hracek, 2022 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Kramnik Challenge (2021)
   Prague Chess Festival Challengers (2022)
   European Championship (2021)
   Biel (2020)
   55th Biel GM (2022)
   FIDE Grand Swiss (2021)
   Airthings Masters (2022)
   German Championship (2015)
   World Cadets U12 (2016)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2018)
   Chennai Olympiad (2022)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   Bundesliga 2019/20 (2019)
   Gibraltar Masters (2018)
   European Championship (2019)

   🏆 Julius Baer Generation Cup
   Keymer vs Carlsen (Sep-23-22) 0-1, rapid
   Carlsen vs Keymer (Sep-23-22) 1-0, rapid
   Keymer vs Carlsen (Sep-23-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Carlsen vs Keymer (Sep-23-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Keymer (Sep-22-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Nov-15-2004, 17 years old) Germany

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Grandmaster. 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). In February 2015, Vincent, aged ten, achieves his first IM norm with a 2543 performance at the Pfalz open. In August of the same year he wins gold with the German team at the U18 European team championship in Karpacz, Poland. In 2016 he took third place at the Vienna Open, securing his second IM norm with a performance rating of 2601. At the youth world championship in Batumi he finished 2nd-5th.Vincent achieves his third and final IM norm with a fourth place at the German championship. He is now Germany's youngest IM of all times.

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.

For the second time he wins the gold medal with the German team at the U18 European team championship in Rymanow-Zdroj, Poland. Four months later he gets the second GM norm at the Xtracon open in Helsingor. In April 2019 Vincent plays his first top-level tournament: the Grenke Chess Classic in Karlsruhe he qualified for by winning the open in 2018.

He scores his third and final GM norm at the Isle Isle of Man Masters (2018) and becomes Germany's youngest grandmaster in history at age 14.

Vincent's club Schachfreunde Deizisau wins the European Club Cup ahead of star-studded teams and Vincent contributes with a 2812 Elo performance to this success.

At the European Individual Championship in Reykjavik, Vincent finishes shared first and becomes vice-champion on tiebreakers, qualifying for the Grand Swiss Tournament in November. There, he sensationally finishes fifth, qualifying for the Grand Prix.

His coach is Peter Leko.

References / Sources (2016 U 12 Cadet's)

Wikipedia article: Vincent Keymer

Last updated: 2021-11-14 22:39:08

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 378  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keymer vs B Korpa  0-1572015TCh-EUR Youth U18E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. S Groeger vs Keymer  ½-½382015German ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Keymer vs E Zuferi  1-0452015German ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
4. R Stern vs Keymer  1-0532015German ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
5. Keymer vs J Dorst  1-0542015German ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
6. E Zude vs Keymer  ½-½212015German ChampionshipA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
7. Keymer vs J Carow  ½-½562015German ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
8. A Hilverda vs Keymer  1-0312015German ChampionshipD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Keymer vs T Fuellgrabe  1-0372015German ChampionshipE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. H Bastian vs Keymer  0-1462015German ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Keymer vs E Vorobiov  ½-½27201628th Staufer-OpenD80 Grunfeld
12. Ughur Ilyasli vs Keymer 0-1232016World Cadets U12B20 Sicilian
13. Keymer vs Sargis Vach Sargsyan  1-0482016World Cadets U12E15 Queen's Indian
14. K Babazada vs Keymer  0-1302016World Cadets U12A07 King's Indian Attack
15. Keymer vs Renjie Huang  1-0462016World Cadets U12D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. A Hong vs Keymer  1-0652016World Cadets U12B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Keymer vs M Petkov  1-0632016World Cadets U12A59 Benko Gambit
18. V Skatchkov vs Keymer 0-1252016World Cadets U12D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. R Praggnanandhaa vs Keymer ½-½502016World Cadets U12A07 King's Indian Attack
20. Keymer vs Nihal  ½-½512016World Cadets U12D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. S Avila Pavas vs Keymer  ½-½712016World Cadets U12D02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Keymer vs Ganzorig Amartuvshin  1-0572016World Cadets U12E81 King's Indian, Samisch
23. Keymer vs A Sumets  0-1532016Heusenstamm Schloss OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Keymer vs V Kunin 0-11092016Heusenstamm Schloss OpenE15 Queen's Indian
25. D Wagner vs Keymer  1-047201613th Vandoeuvre OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
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  MissScarlett: <Keymer is one of the most obvious multiple-premove cheaters. Lichess allows it so as to not alienate its "top" players.>

How many of the top players do you think do so? If many, most or all, why pick on Keymer?

Feb-24-22  actinia: Keymer is one of the highest rated/highest profile players who is regularly on Lichess, and he often plays 30 second games. So, frequently you can watch the @#$%*&!# at the end of his games where 12+ moves are made in 0.0-0.1 seconds. He is getting some kind of assistance and it is blatant. Not all his opponents get that kind of assistance, so of course they are going to lose the scramble.
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  MissScarlett: But don't most, if not all, of the other top players also play bullet and ultra bullet, including Carlsen and Nakamura? If the extensions are allowed, what professional player wouldn't use them when the opposition does? So at the risk of repeating myself, why are you focusing on Keymer?
Feb-24-22  actinia: They aren't allowed. It's just Lichess doesn't enforce it. I don't think Naka plays Lichess and I haven't seen Magnus cheat like that either.
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  MissScarlett: More time wasting than playing bullet chess, worse even than spectating bullet chess, is forcing me to look into this matter:

<New fair play rule

We have introduced a new rule to Lichess fair play:

We prohibit the use of any program or browser extension that assists with playing moves. The only legal ways to play moves on Lichess are with the official Lichess APIs for Boards and Bots, or by interacting directly with the official Lichess graphical user interface (GUI). Programmatic usage of the GUI for playing moves is forbidden. However, custom styles and graphical tweaks of the play interface are allowed, using CSS.

This prevents use of the keyboard and multi-premove extensions. Consequences of the ban

These extensions were tolerated until now, so players who have been using them in the past will not be sanctioned in any way. However, their use being now prohibited, players will receive a warning when the extension is loaded, and won't be able to play games until the extension is removed from their browser.

Players who attempt to go around this ban in any way, or to modify the extensions to bypass detection, will have their account marked for fair play violations by the moderators.

Reasons for the ban

Extensions that assist with playing moves have denatured fast chess to the point that many players won't play it anymore. We believe that banning keyboard extensions will result in UltraBullet and HyperBullet becoming more popular.>

When was this ban introduced? When did you last see Keymer allegedly using this extension? If you're claiming that he's been using it since prohibition was introduced, you must also be alleging that he's been using illicit means to bypass the ban. Have any of his opponents made public accusations of such?

Feb-27-22  actinia: I don't know how or why he keeps getting away with it. But you are definitely punished if you don't cheat when you play against this guy. That's why I want to play him $100 non-cheating games. He isn't used to his opponents not being punished.
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  HeMateMe: I was playing on Lichess three weeks ago. In the middle of the game, roughly equal position, I get a notification from LiChess that my opponent had been forfeited, game over. No explanation. I assumed he had some sort of cheating program hooked up to the site.
Feb-27-22  actinia: You have people being "punished" for *not* downloading the browser extensions. That is where we are at.
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  MissScarlett: <In the middle of the game, roughly equal position, I get a notification from LiChess that my opponent had been forfeited, game over.>

Are you expecting us to believe you were trading equal blows with Stockfish?

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  MissScarlett: <I don't know how or why he keeps getting away with it.>

See, this is where you have me worried. Publicly accusing a player, especially one of such rare promise, of cheating, without evidence beyond your say-so, is bad form.

I'm sure that <cg>'s legal department (if there was one) would want me to stress the usual disclaimer.

But in the spirit of open enquiry, I put the following in your ball court - What is Keymer's handle on Lichess? What is his current bullet rating? On how many occasions have you witnessed alleged malpractice? Is it still happening?

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  HeMateMe: <Are you expecting us to believe you were trading equal blows with Stockfish?>

Nope. I'm guessing my opponent was trying to cheat, trying to install something or perhaps using Stockfish from a second computer to play on LiChess--the LiChess monitoring program perhaps saw too many perfect openings from this guy and forfeited him. I just happened to be there when the trip wire was met.

Feb-28-22  actinia: I don't get the confusion. A large segment of "top" Lichess players download the cheat extension(s). A large segment doesn't. We view the cheaters as cheaters
Feb-28-22  actinia: obviously Keymer cheats.
Feb-28-22  actinia: I am a high enough rated non-titled player that I play titled players if I want to. Those guys cheat like you wouldn't believe. All to protect their precious "top" ratings I imagine.
Mar-01-22  technical win: <actinia: I am a high enough rated non-titled player> LOL

I see a loudmouth with baseless accusations. Why don't you challenge Vincent finally and let us in on it?

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  perfidious: I am a life 1200 player; I can take that punk sumbitch on! Nyah nyah!
May-01-22  ndg2: With his 4th consecutive win in the Bundesliga, Vincent rises to 2680 and third place again on the live junior list. Not sure, how FIDE evaluates a running tournament (Bundesliga) though. Maybe they wait until all rounds are played there?
Sep-06-22  ndg2: With 3.5/4 points in the Polish "Ekstraliga" (see e.g., Vincent is now over 2700.4 in live ratings ( Of course we have to wait until end of month whether he will stay there, it's nevertheless a real milestone.

Keymer is the second German GM after Arkadij Naiditsch reaching Super GM level and the first one born in Germany.

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  whiteshark: <Last FIDE rating: 2558> This is so 2020-07

Hello management? Anyone??

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  perfidious: <whiteshark>, if Niemann can continue having his rating suppressed at 2465, why not keep Keymer down also? (laughs)
Sep-10-22  nok: Statement from Group

<Dear Chess Community,

The Board of Directors has decided that the ratings of all juniors shall be forthwith slashed by 100 points, to protect the integrity of the game that we all love.

Chief Chess Officer>

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  perfidious: Is the 100-point cut a sop to those dark forces which wanted still more, so as to hold back the youth?
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  whiteshark: Didn't know that ceegee is not longer independent ratingwise.
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  MissScarlett: Finally figured out who Vincent reminds me of:


Sep-22-22  ndg2: ^Lol, that's mean
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