by Johannes Fischer
3/10/2019 – The Swiss Grandmaster Noel Studer confidently won the Accentus Young Masters, which took place from February 27th to March 7th at the Hotel Schloss in Bad Ragaz in Switzerland. He started with 5 out of 5 and finished with 7½ out of 9. One point behind was Lev Yankelevich and Nikita Petrov who shared places two and three, while Yankelevich also achieved a GM norm. | Photo: Alina l’Ami
Studer clear first
Noel Studer was born in 1996 and became the youngest grandmaster in Swiss chess history in 2017, at the age of 20. As Studer states on the Accentus Young Masters website, he would like to be one of the top 50 in the world. With a current Elo rating of 2494, Studer is still a bit off the mark at the moment, but if he plays like he did in Bad Ragaz, then he may yet have a shot: 7½ out of 9 (six wins, three draws) with an Elo performance of 2740 is an impressive way to win.
The tournament was also a success for the German International Master Lev Yankelevich (born in 1997), who is currently studying at the Vienna University of Economics International Business School. He shared second and third places with Russian GM Nikita Petrov, but picked up a GM norm with 6½ points from nine games.
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Let’s look at a few highlights:
In Round 4, Yankelevich achieved a theoretically interesting victory with Black against fellow German Dennis Wagner:
Here’s a tactics test passed by Luis Engel, also from the fourth round:
Can you spot the winning move?
19…Qc3! forced resignation.
During his winning streak, Studer successfully essayed a King’s Gambit!
Translation from German: Macauley Peterson