Armageddon in Berlin: Day 1 - Duda wins against Adams, Keymer beats Donchenko

by Press release
6/13/2023 – The first day of the Europe and Africa Regional qualifier kicked off with a top match between British number one Michael Adams and Poland's top player Jan-Krzysztof Duda. After several ups and downs Duda won with a bit of luck. The second match of the day saw an all-German clash between Vincent Keymer and Alexander Donchenko, in which Keymer (pictured) was a bit more lucky and won.

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In the first game of the Duda-Adams match, Adams had the white pieces, but Duda easily drew with black. In the second game, Duda won material in the middle game, but then blundered in a level endgame with only seconds left on the clock. However, Adams returned the favour and allowed Duda to take the point and win the match.

Michael Adams vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda | Photo: World Chess

Jan-Krzysztof Duda | Photo: World Chess

In the first game of the Donchenko-Keymer match, Donchenko looked to be doing very well on the black side of a King's Indian Defence, but then he blundered and had to give up two knights for a rook.

Alexander Donchenko | Photo: World Chess

In the second game, Donchenko managed to build up a strong attack against Keymer's king, but then lost the game in time trouble.

Vincent Keymer won the German duel | Photo: World Chess

Video of Day 1

Day 2 will see the following matches: Richard Rapport against Jorden Van Foreest and Matthias Bluebaum against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The broadcast will start at 19:00 CEST and will be available on the World Chess YouTube channel.