Biel: Keymer starts with a brilliant victory

by Sebastian Siebrecht
7/22/2020 – Vincent Keymer shows his enthusiasm and hunger for success at the Biel Chess Festival. He ended yesterday’s opening round with a victory over the Spaniard David Anton. Arkadij Naiditsch also won his game. Sebastian Siebrecht reports. | Photos: Simon Bohnenblust

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Keymer’s brilliant performance

In the first round of the GM Tournament at classical time controls, the German up-and-comer Vincent Keymer showed himself to be in good form. Focused and very concentrated, he put the Spaniard David Anton Guijarro under constant pressure, and finally scored the full point with tactical precision. A confident victory against a 2700+ player at the start. The audience is curious to see how strong the young German already is and maybe he can make another important step in Biel. The signs are good. The entire family is there to support him, and sister Cecilia also scored in the C-HTO event on Tuesday.

Cecilia Keymer — cello, chess, ballet and gymnastics — may help her big brother to victory.

Arkadij Naiditsch also won against the Swiss champion Noël Studer, who started very ambitiously but his attack ultimately failed. 

Pentala Harikrishna and Michael Adams drew, as did Radek Wojtaszek against Romain Édouard.

The large hall in the Congress Center



Overall standings

Rank Name Classical Rapid Blitz Total
1 GM Vincent Keymer 4 10 0 14
2 GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek 12 0 13½
3 GM Pentala Harikrishna 10 0 11½
4 GM Michael Adams 8 0
5 GM Arkadij Naiditsch 4 5 0 9
6 GM Romain Édouard 4 0
7 GM David Antón Guijarro 0 4 0 4
8 GM Noël Studer 0 3 0 3

A win in classical is worth 4 points; a draw, 1½ points

Open tournament

In the C-HTO, a grandmaster had to drop half a point for the first time. The young German Julius Ohler from SC ML Kastellaun, who caused a sensation during the Corona period, showed a committed and courageous performance against the Algerian GM Bilel Bellahcene.

Eleven-year-old Magnus Ermitsch from Berlin (current German youth team champion with SC Borussia Lichtenberg) tried everything against International Master Gerlef Meins, but experience still prevailed over youth.

Magnus Ermitsch, 11 years old, German team champion with SC Borussia Lichtenberg

Gerlef Meins

The other participants of the German team also entered the tournament in good spirits.

Michael Schulz

Adrian Gschnitzer, from Walldorf

Sebastian Siebrecht

C-HTO standings table

Rg. Name Pkt.  Wtg1 
1 Baenziger Fabian 2,0 0,0
  Mathieu Phileas 2,0 0,0
  Shatil Shir 2,0 0,0
4 Siebrecht Sebastian 2,0 0,0
  Gschnitzer Adrian 2,0 0,0
  Kamber Bruno 2,0 0,0
  Contin Daniel 2,0 0,0
  Schulz Michael 2,0 0,0
  Perestjuk Marko 2,0 0,0
  Carre Sylvain 2,0 0,0
11 Rohrer Christophe 2,0 0,0
  Adrian Leopold 2,0 0,0
  Decker Nils 2,0 0,0
14 Bauer Christian 2,0 0,0
  Meins Gerlef 2,0 0,0
  Karsay Pascal 2,0 0,0
  Buchenau Frank 2,0 0,0
  Adrian Claude 2,0 0,0
  Jovanovic Sladjan 2,0 0,0
  Emmenecker Pierre-Antoine 2,0 0,0
  Borner Daniel 2,0 0,0
  Cahen Alexis 2,0 0,0
  Pham Khoi 2,0 0,0
24 Youssoupov Moisse 1,5 0,0
  Lorscheid Gerhard 1,5 0,0

Translation from German: Nick Murphy


Sebastian Siebrecht, born in 1973, has been playing chess since the age of 11 and received the grandmaster title in 2008. Besides his chess career, he founded an events agency and worked as a commentator, presenter, speaker, analyst and journalist. Furthermore, he was involved in primary school chess projects. In 2015 he was recognized as "Trainer of the Year" by the German Chess Federation.


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