Haik Martirosyan Beats Vincent Keymer In Junior Speed Chess Championship

Haik Martirosyan Beats Vincent Keymer In Junior Speed Chess Championship

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GM Haik Martirosyan comfortably reached the quarterfinals of the Junior Speed Chess Championship sponsored by ChessKid. In a match on Monday, the talented Armenian beat Germany's Vincent Keymer with the biggest score so far in the competition: 20.5-7.5.

The SmarterChess predictions continue to be spot on for these matches. Although most would have loved to see a closer match, Martirosyan was simply way too strong for Keymer in this online format. His many powerful performances in our weekly Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix events (he is likely to play today as well) also kind of predicted this result.

Martirosyan (@Micki-taryan) took a commanding 6-0 lead in the five-minute segment before Keymer (@VincentKeymer) got on the scoreboard with the first draw. The German player then got his first win as well in an amazing comeback:

Martirosyan won the five-minute portion 7-2, the three-minute with 7-2 as well, and the bullet 6.5-3.5. The following bullet game shows the wide array of tactical wizardry that the winner of this match possesses. It was a certain draw until Keymer suddenly fell into an unexpected mating sequence.

All games

Keymer earned $133.93 based on win percentage; Martirosyan won $500 for the victory plus $366.07 on percentage, totaling $866.07. He moves on to the next round, where he will play the winner of the match GM Parham Maghsoodloo vs. GM Praggnanandhaa R. that is on September 19.

"Throughout the whole match, I had the problem that I had quite a few good positions that I lost or didn’t win. Maybe this was the biggest problem," said Keymer.

Martirosyan modestly stated that his victory was based on "having more time" on the clock in most games, but he also admitted he was seeing a lot of tactics.


The live broadcast of the match.

Remaining matches in the round of 16:

  • Sept. 19: Parham Maghsoodloo vs. Praggnanandhaa R. at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 Central Europe
  • Sept. 20: Alexey Sarana vs. Andrey Esipenko at 12 p.m. Pacific / 21:00 Central Europe
  • Sept. 21: Jeffery Xiong vs. Nodirbek Abdusattorov at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 Central Europe
  • Sept. 23: Anton Smirnov vs. Raunak Sadhwani at 9 a.m. Pacific / 18:00 Central Europe

Junior Speed Chess Championship bracket

The 2020 Chess.com Junior Speed Chess Championships is sponsored by ChessKid, the world's number-one site for kids to learn and play chess. Sixteen GMs younger than 21 years old play in a knockout format with 90 minutes of 5|1 blitz, 60 minutes of 3|1 blitz, and 30 minutes of 1|1 bullet chess. In this second edition, there's a total prize fund of $25,000 on the line. Find all information here.


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