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GRENKE Chess Open kicks off with a new participation record

Once the lots for colours for the GRENKE Chess Classic were drawn at the Kongresszentrum in Karlsruhe, the three open events of the festival went underway with close to two thousand participants making their first move together.  The GRENKE Chess Festival, thus, officially began with a star-studded field consisting of renowned names like Etienne Bacrot, Gata Kamsky, Anton Korobov, Alireza Firouzja and many more in the A group.

The bustling playing hall during round 1 | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

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Vincent Keymer wins GRENKE Chess Open 2018!

Incredible, unbelievable, sensational. Vincent Keymer (pictured below) beat Richard Rapport in the last round and won the GRENKE Chess Open with 8 points out of 9 games. The German rising star, who is sponsored by GRENKE, started the tournament as the 99th seed and finished ahead of 49 Grandmasters. With this result Keymer qualified for the GRENKE Chess Classic 2019, but he said that he would yet have to see if he would take up that invitation - time will tell. Congratulations, Vincent!

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