Game of the Week #496: Four queens on the board

by Merijn van Delft
12/29/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a looks at an unusual game by Boris Gelfand: at a certain point of time there were no less than four queens on the board! | Merijn’s show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Game of the Week #496

For the final Game of the Week in 2021 we are revisiting the Grand Swiss tournament in Riga, which was such a rich source of entertaining battles. We will have a look at a remarkable win Boris Gelfand achieved with the white pieces against Sergei Movsesian.

A sharp line that was obviously prepared led to a position with four queens on the board, raising many interesting theoretical questions.

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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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