Fighting spirit at Accentus Young Masters

by Johannes Fischer
4/9/2016 – From 6th to 14th April the Swiss spa Bad Ragaz hosts the Accentus Young Masters tournament, a ten player round-robin with young talents from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Top seeds are M. Blübaum (2628) and I. Hera (2622), at the end of the ranking list are V. Keymer (2352) and G. Gähwiler (2359). In the first three rounds only one game was drawn.

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The Swiss Chess Federation organises the tournament, main sponsor is the Accentus Foundation. The venue of the event is the luxurious Schlosshotel Bad Ragaz.

Schlosshotel Bad Ragaz - Chess can be fairy-like.

Peter Wyss, president of the Swiss Chess Federation opened the tournament

Matthias Blübaum from Germany

Top seed and elo-favorite of the Accentus Young Masters is German GM Matthias Blübaum, the surprise winner of the strong GRENKE Open at the end of March. However, Blübaum started the tournament with a loss after pressing too hard and avoiding a repetition of moves against Georg Fröwis. But then Blübaum recovered and won his next two games. Particularly impressive was his fine attack in round three against Roland Loetscher:


11-year Vincent Keymer is one of Germany's greatest talents. However, in the first three
rounds things did not go well for him in Bad Ragaz - he suffered three losses in a row.

With 3.0/3 Noel Studer from Switzerland had the best start. His enterprising style helped him to a nice win in round three:


Tournament leader Noel Studer





Photos: Bernd Vökler

Tournament page...

Schlosshotel Bad Ragaz...

Accentus Foundation

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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