2020 Pirc Memorial
German IM Jonas Lampert Victorious!
The 2020 edition of the traditional Pirc Memorial ended on the 16th with a victory by 23-year old IM Jonas Lampert. Congratulations!
Gatherings of up to 50 people have been allowed in the tiny Republic of Slovenia since the 15th of May. At these gatherings, masks are not mandatory and neither is social distancing.
All of this is made possible by a disciplined and well executed lockdown when the virus first hit Slovenia and a state of emergency was declared on the 12th of March, the same as the Czech Republic.
In total, just 129 people have died of Covid-19. The republic has registered 2,272 cases, of which 1960 have recovered. Not bad for a country of 2 million habitants!
im J.Lampert – gm A. Michalchism
Maribor 11.8.2020 Rd.1
Who is Jonas Lampert? A typical talented youngster who I suspect is a chess amateur and does not have the time to dedicate to becoming a professional.
In the game given below, we can see Jonas’ strongest quality: resourcefulness. Emerging from the opening already almost worse in position, Lampert cleverly exploits his experienced opponent’s momentary lapse of judgement and then never looks back. Enjoy!