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.
Vincent Keymer was born in Mainz, Germany, a city that has a long history of hosting rapid tournaments and Chess960 tournaments. He learned chess from his parents at the age of five. In 2015 he became European champion with the German U18 national chess team.
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.
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”.
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. He earned one-and-a-half more points than required for the GM norm. Leonard Barden noted that Keymer’s(2798) was the highest-rated performance in history by an under-14 player, and The Week in Chess said Keymer’s performance at the Grenke Chess Open is “one of the most sensational results of all time.”
The Game this week is from the Isle of Man Masters 20th October 2018
Opening Sicilian, Variation – Najdorf, Adams attack
In the game, playing admittedly a much weaker opponent, can anyone explain how Vincent manages to offer Queen for pawn
on move 28 and leave the offer in the table until move 33 !