Game of the Week 475: L. Engel - R. Svane

by Merijn van Delft
8/4/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a close look at the game Luis Engel against Rasmus Svane, which was played at the German Masters and in which the young German Grandmaster Engel shows his attacking and his tactical skills. | 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 #475

While the World Cup is wildly entertaining, our attention was drawn to the German Masters, which was sensationally won by the talented young grandmaster Luis Engel with a round to spare.

Without any fear, he checkmated one strong grandmaster after the other, in mind-blowing fashion. Luis has a very original style of play, with his own interpretation of otherwise normal openings.

The calculated risks handsomely paid off in the decisive 8th round battle against his HSK teammate Rasmus Svane.

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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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