Game of the Week 473: M. Krasenkow - K. Alekseenko

by Merijn van Delft
7/21/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look a close look at a stunning game with a brutal rook sacrifice from the World Cup: Michal Krasenkow's fine attacking win against Kirill Alekseenko. | 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 #473

The World Cup is in full swing and what an exciting event it is. World Champion Magnus Carlsen seems to be in excellent shape, but Fabiano Caruana got eliminated by Jumabayev.

Many other top players are having a tough time, while the new generation is making a name for themselves.

While Tari-Carlsen deserved to be Game of the Week due to the World Champion's magnificent play, we felt we should honor Krasenkow for his creative performance against Alekseenko.

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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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