Game of the Week: Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi

by Merijn van Delft
8/5/2020 – In his "Game of the Week" show Merijn van Delft takes another look at the fascinating Legends of Chess tournament. Magnus Carlsen won the tournament by beating Ian Nepomniachtchi in the final but to honour Nepomniachtchi's creative performance Merijn will study one of "Nepo's" wins against Carlsen. | Merijn's show is freely available at 15.00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 EDT) for a limited time, and on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Niki Riga (Archive)

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Game of the Week #423

Ian Nepomniachtchi came second in the "Legends of Chess" tournament but he impressed everyone with a fantastic string of dynamic and spectacular games. He beat Giri in a very tense semi-final, but eventually Carlsen showed that he is still the best player in the world by duly beating "Nepo" in the final. Still, to honour Nepomniachtchi's creative performance, we will study one of his wins against Carlsen.


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Merijn van Delft is an International Master from the Netherlands who lived in Hamburg for many years and is currently based in Amsterdam. After scoring a GM norm in 2017 he is eager for more. His ChessBase show on Wednesday evenings has been running for over ten years now.

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