Accentus Young Masters: Studer wins, Yankelevich grabs GM norm

by Johannes Fischer
3/10/2019 – The Swiss Grandmaster Noel Studer confidently won the Accentus Young Masters, which took place from February 27th to March 7th at the Hotel Schloss in Bad Ragaz in Switzerland. He started with 5 out of 5 and finished with 7½ out of 9. One point behind was Lev Yankelevich and Nikita Petrov who shared places two and three, while Yankelevich also achieved a GM norm. | Photo: Alina l'Ami

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Studer clear first

Noel Studer was born in 1996 and became the youngest grandmaster in Swiss chess history in 2017, at the age of 20. As Studer states on the Accentus Young Masters website, he would like to be one of the top 50 in the world. With a current Elo rating of 2494, Studer is still a bit off the mark at the moment, but if he plays like he did in Bad Ragaz, then he may yet have a shot: 7½ out of 9 (six wins, three draws) with an Elo performance of 2740 is an impressive way to win.

The tournament was also a success for the German International Master Lev Yankelevich (born in 1997), who is currently studying at the Vienna University of Economics International Business School. He shared second and third places with Russian GM Nikita Petrov, but picked up a GM norm with 6½ points from nine games.

 A picturesque setting | Google Maps

Let's look at a few highlights:

In Round 4, Yankelevich achieved a theoretically interesting victory with Black against fellow German Dennis Wagner:

 

Here's a tactics test passed by Luis Engel, also from the fourth round:

 

Can you spot the winning move?

19...Qc3! forced resignation.

During his winning streak, Studer successfully essayed a King's Gambit!

 

Final standings

 

All games

 

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson

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Johannes was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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