(Vincent Keymer-Magnus Carlsen 0-1) Magnus Carlsen (28) finally managed to beat the German prodigy Vincent Keymer (14) on Saturday. But it cost him little more than six and a half hours of chess.
The World Champion had to spend 81 plays to beat his young adversary. Then they played for six hours 42 minutes.
Vincent Keymer is 14 and a half years old. He was born in Mainz and got his first chess meeting at the age of five. Now he is considered one of the greatest talents of international chess.
For the Grenke tournament at home in Germany, he received a wild card, and the first meeting with the world elite was no worse than the world champion Carlsen. With white pieces, he managed to keep Norwegian for a long time.
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The party may be comparable to what happened in Reykjavik in 2004, when Carlsen, at the age of 13, met the then superstar Garry Kasparov in a fast chess. The kid from the Norwegian school got a ticket.
The 14-year-old had the upper hand for a while, but ended up having a year of crisis – and Carlsen took over. But Keymer managed to save on land for time control, and after 42 moves, Carlsen got a tower change that computers did not like. He lost the advantage.
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Sess's analysis showed that the 14-year-old boy had to play very accurately to maintain a stable position. After the 60th draw, the world champion eventually took over, but the Germans defended themselves heroically. He bowed on the 67th pitch, but struggled even more with the obsession.
"Vincent has no reason to be dissatisfied with this," commented Jan Gustafsson on the transmission of chess24 when he went to Carlsen's victory.
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"But he still suffers," said helper Peter Leko. The Hungarian knows enough because he is coach of Keymers.
This was the first round of the Grenke tournament. Saturday Results:
Peter Svidler, Russia-Fabiano Caruana, USA 1 / 2-1 / 2.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, France – Viswanathan Anand, India 1 / 2-1 / 2.
Levon Aronian, Armenia-arcade Naiditsch, Azerbaijan 1 / 2-1 / 2.
Georg Meier, Germany-Francisco Vallejo Pons, Spain 1 / 2-1 / 2.
Vincent Keymer, Germany-Magnus Carlsen, Norway 0-1.
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