Game of the Week 474: M. Carlsen - R. Wojtaszek

by Merijn van Delft
7/28/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a close look at the encounter between Magnus Carlsen and Radoslaw Wojtaszek at the FIDE World Cup 2021 - a game full of tactical blows and surprises. | 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 #474

The World Cup is getting more exciting every week. While several top 10 players have been knocked out, World Champion Magnus Carlsen appears to be quite inspired. But in round five he met rising star Andrey Esipenko, who was up to the task, and only lost the match in the blitz-tiebreak.

But our Game of the Week is Carlsen-Wojtaszek, which is full of tricky move orders which quickly gave White an overwhelming attacking position.

Warm-up question: What would you play here with White?


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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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