The wheels are coming off

Ok, one can argue that this game wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t great either. The next game was absolutely terrible though.

Losing in 26 moves with white in the Bd2-Bogo is pretty rare on this level. His white repertoire hasn’t been impressive so far.

Here is some insight on how they play against him. Ever since the game with Anand everybody knows that Keymer cannot play for kingside attacks. So they are picking openings with black where they get a queenside majority and it is up to him to prove something on the kingside. In order to stop this from becoming a regular theme he should switch to the Catalan. Learn a lesson from Meier.

On the bright side, if you can call it that with 0.5/4, let’s not forget that Keymer is a massive underdog. He is taking a lot of risk, but it’s the kind of risk that Kramnik took in his last tournament. Fire on the board is nice, but not if you only burn down your own position.

The struggles continue

After the disasterous tournament in Dortmund young prodige Vincent Keymer is back playing in the German Championship.

The next game was loss straight out of the opening. Fridman came up with a harmless looking setup that actually contains lots of poison if black continues with standard moves.

Judging from the result, something isn’t working. Judging from the moves, this suspicion gets confirmed. Positionally he seems to be surprisingly clueless and once it finally becomes tactical the position cannot be saved anymore. I can’t see world class talent, sorry.

Maybe it has something to do with his preparation. The positions that he is getting may not suit his style. Then Leko is the problem. Since Keymer can’t fire himself, I suggest to start with the trainer.

As expected…

Radjabov and Duda got elminated. If you follow the match strategy of a complete idiot, you can hardly expect to be successful.

Match Strategy

What do you do when a draw is sufficient and you have the Petroff in your repertoire? You play the Dragon of course!

On a sidenote: Vitiugov lost to Svidler as expected. At least it was a strong novelty, which they had most likely prepared together.


Since they obviously don’t want to play the regular games, why not allow them to skip everything and just play the tie-break?

Drawmeisters of the Day

It’s a knockout event, therefore match strategy does play a role.

Drawmeister of the Day

As you may have guessed already, I am a strong believer in the equality of outcome, otherwise I would not pay money to host this website. People like me are delighted whenever they can watch games like following. Reproducing 30 moves of computer theory is exactly what such events should be all about. It provides an incentive to kids all over the world to study hard and do their homework.


Thank God it’s over!

This tournament was just awesome. Lots of interesting game and of course the Carlsen show which was simply unbelievable. For young Keymer his first big tournament came to an end as well. I am happy for Leko, because he doesn’t have to watch any longer.

Back in the day beating the Benoni felt much easier. It depends on the opponent, but playing like an engine certainly helps the cause.

Another lesson

This game is very instructive, because MVL got “nothing” from the opening, shuffled his rooks around on the third rank and finally managed to trick his young opponent in time-trouble. Did he really get nothing from the opening? I don’t think so. He got an equal position that could be played until the 50-move rule kicks in, or until black makes the decisive mistake. Note: Keymer took 30 minutes to play theoretical moves that he could have blitzed out. That is a huge leak, especially for a player with known time-trouble issues.

Also note: There is something weird about Keymer, because he looking somewhere like every 10 seconds. I have never seen such behavior before. How can you concentrate on the game like that? I mean many top players show some sort of weirdness. Anand is constantly fumbling around in his face. Ivanchuk is massaging his left eyebrow. Gelfand is flipping pieces in his left hand. Svidler is thinking with closed eyes like he is meditating or switching into a deep think mode. These guys somehow remind me of X-Men.


On a sidenote: Carlsen is scoring like mad with black since switching to the Sveshnikov. Caruana decided to copy him, and why not? Finally it should be mentioned that true to style Svidler allowed mate with a smile. I doubt that Garry would have acted like that.

Nice guy

What do you do if you have to act in a professional way, but still don’t want to hurt the feelings of your young opponent, the audience and the sponsor? You could give shit, like Carlsen, Caruana, Anand and Naiditsch, but you could also show heart like Meier and Aronjan. Nice guy Peter Svidler decided to stay somewhere in the middle. He didn’t committ suicide in the opening, which isn’t his style anyways, and he didn’t allow a forced draw either. Instead he went for a transposition into a line of the Catalan that – according to Leko in the commentary – Keymer plays himself. The resulting game was dry and uneventful. Both sides developed, black played c5, everything got exchanged, draw. This game could have been played in the 1st Bundesliga, the 2nd Bundesliga, the Oberliga and on board 99 of an open tournament next to the guy with the BYE.

The next opponent is MVL, which is the acid test for Leko, because MVL plays a narrow repertoire of absolute mainlines.

Play it safe!