Vincent Keymer dominated the first day of the preliminary round of the WEISSENHAUS Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge. After defeating world champion Ding Liren, world number two Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian, the 19-year-old leads the field with 3.5 points from 4 games. Only against Magnus Carlsen, the G.O.A.T., did Keymer concede half a point.
The eight grandmasters are assigned eight playing cards at Schloss Weissenhaus: four kings for the four veterans, four jacks for the four young guns. After the first four rounds of rapid chess, commentator Tania Sachdev is not the only one to ask: “Are the jacks the true kings?”