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David Howell: Generation Cup heralds changing of the guard in chess

Grandmaster David Howell made a bold claim today - that a teenager will win the Julius Baer Generation Cup.

But behind the chess24 commentator's punt was wider belief that this event has been a watershed in the game: that this is the moment the much talked about younger generation has broken through.

As he explained: "This is called the Generation Cup and it does feel like the changing of the guard, which has been happening already for the last few years, that this is the moment where we can confirm that all of these top young players are part of the elite now and they're here to stay.

"It's been a nice breakthrough tournament for a couple of them, Christopher Yoo, for example. I'm running out of adjectives, superlatives, praise for them - they are so good."

The Julius Baer Generation Cup has already seen 15-year-old Christopher Yoo become the youngest player in Meltwater Champions Chess Tour history to make the quarter finals.

In total, an unprecedented five teenagers made the cut from the prelim stage: Yoo, Hans Niemann (19), Arjun Erigaisi (19), Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (17) and German prodigy Vincent Keymer (17).

We will see if David is right - but Magnus Carlsen may have other ideas!

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