Game of the Week 472: I. Nepomniachtchi - A. Korobov

by Merijn van Delft
7/19/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at the Grand Chess Tour Croatia rapid and blitz tournament. He wonders about Kasparov's collapse and analyses the instructive and interesting rapid game between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Anton Korobov. | 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 #472

The Grand Chess Tour Croatia rapid and blitz event was quite a wild one. First of all there was the total collapse of Garry Kasparov in the blitz part, which did hurt many of the older chess fans. Kasparov not being ready to enter the main lines of the Najdorf was a huge handicap to him.

In the end MVL won the combined standings and seems to be back on track after a difficult year.

We decided to select Nepomniachtchi-Korobov from the rapid section as our Game of the Week, for entertainment and educational reasons.

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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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