16-year-old German chess prodigy Vincent Keymer has qualified to play on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour after a nerve-wracking final day of the Kramnik Challenge, the 3rd event on the $100,000 Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour. He won a brilliant game in the penultimate round to overtake his main rival Awonder Liang, and then got the draw he needed in the final round only after twice coming back from the dead against Dinara Saduakassova.
The only question is whether Vincent will be able to play, since the final regular Champions Chess Tour event starts on August 28th and clashes with the European Championship, which Vincent was set to play. In any case, the victory is certain to give him chances now or in future!
In terms of teams, Vincent’s Team Polgar again triumphed as they compete with Team Kramnik for the chance to travel to Dubai during the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi World Chess Championship match.
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- Kramnik Challenge 1: Keymer grabs the early lead
- Kramnik Challenge 2: Awonder and Nodirbek take over
- Kramnik Challenge 3: Awonder leads before final sprint