Vincent Keymer

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Vincent Keymer
Vincent Keymer 2017.jpg
Full nameVincent Keymer
CountryGermany
Born (2004-11-15) 15 November 2004 (age 14)
Mainz, Germany
TitleInternational Master (2017)
FIDE rating2508 (December 2018)
Peak rating2502 (November 2018)

Vincent Keymer (born 15 November 2004) is a German chess player who holds the title of International Master.

Personal life[edit]

Vincent Keymer comes from a musical family. He plays the piano. His father, Christof Keymer, is a concert pianist and a professor of music at the University of Hanover; his mother, Heike, plays the cello in an orchestra and his sister, Cecilia, plays the piano and the cello. When he was ten, Keymer was on the September 2015 cover of the German chess magazine, Schach Magazin, being hailed as Germany’s greatest talent since Emanuel Lasker.[1]

Career[edit]

Vincent Keymer was born in Mainz, Germany, a city that has a long history of hosting rapid tournaments and Chess960 tournaments.[2][3] He learned chess from his parents at the age of five.[4] In 2015 he became European champion with the German U18 national chess team.[5]

Garry Kasparov in 2016 referred to Keymer as "exceptional", and Keymer at 11 demonstrated his potential with an "impressive second prize" in a strong field in the Vienna Open tournament.[6]

In July 2017, Vincent Keymer obtained the third IM norm by which he became an International Master in chess.

He has been coached by GM Peter Leko of Hungary. Leko himself was once "the world's most promising prodigy".[7]

From 29 March to 2 April 2018, he played in the A group of the Grenke Chess Open as the 99th seed. He won the tournament ahead of 49 grandmasters, including four 2700+ GMs, scoring 8/9 and achieving his first GM norm at age 13.[8][9][10][11][12] He earned one-and-a-half more points than required for the GM norm.[13] Leonard Barden noted that Keymer's performance rating (2798) was the highest-rated performance in history by an under-14 player,[14] and The Week in Chess said Keymer's performance at the Grenke Chess Open is "one of the most sensational results of all time."[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedel, Frederic. “Chess Talent: Vincent meets Garry”. Chess News. Chessbase dot com. October 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Vincent Keymer | Official Website. September 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Doggers, Peter. "13-Year-Old Keymer Wins Grenke Open Ahead Of 49 GMs" Chess dot com. April 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ein kleiner König". zeit.de. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  5. ^ Polgar, Susan (2017). Learn Chess the Right Way. Russell Enterprises. pp. 160–. ISBN 9781941270660. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  6. ^ Barden, Leonard. "Youngsters peak earlier with computer aid in top nations’ prodigy battle". The Guardian. 26 August 2016.
  7. ^ Doggers, Peter. "13-Year-Old Keymer Wins Grenke Open Ahead Of 49 GMs" Chess dot com. April 2, 2018.
  8. ^ http://ergebnisse.grenkechessopen.de/3gco/a-open-fort.html?t=1522761742
  9. ^ Doggers, Peter. "13-Year-Old Keymer Wins Grenke Open Ahead Of 49 GMs" Chess dot com. April 2, 2018.
  10. ^ http://grenkechessopen.de/en/a-open
  11. ^ http://ergebnisse.grenkechessopen.de/3gco/a-open-rang.html?t=1522701575
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark. The Week in Chess. April 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Chessgames dot com
  14. ^ Chess: Schoolboy Vincent Keymer secures shock triumph at Grenke Open The Guardian
  15. ^ Crowther, Mark. The Week in Chess. April 3, 2018.

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