Vincent Keymer isn’t the type of individual to be easily sidetracked – not by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has put a stop to chess players sitting across the board from one another, and not by the high hopes the German chess community is placing in the 16-year-old. “External pressure has never been much of a problem for me,” the student from the small town of Saulheim in western Germany told DW. “If I were to start trying to live up to the expectations of others, I would lose control over my own destiny.” Seven hours against Magnus Carlsen The youngster, seen as the greatest talent Germany has produced in half a century, has been steadily climbing the competitive chess ladder. Keymer first beat a grandmaster at the age of 10 and at 14 he earned the title of grandmaster himself – becoming the youngest-ever German to do so. By then he had already sat opposite world champion Magnus Carlsen for the first time – in the first round of a the Grenke Chess Open in Karlsruhe during Easter of 2019. World champion Magnus Carlsen looks over Keymer’s shoulder at the 2018 Grenke Chess Open “I was nervous at the start of… Read full this story
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