Game of the Week 477: F. Caruana - S. Shankland, Sinquefield Cup 2021

by Merijn van Delft
8/18/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at Fabiano Caruana's fine attacking win against Sam Shankland in the first round of the Sinquefied Cup 2021. | 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 #477

After Nakamura's dominant performance at the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz in Saint Louis, it's now Caruana's turn to show at the Sinquefield Cup (which also takes place in Saint Louis) why he has been the world's number two for several years now and currently is the strongest American in classical chess.

Wesley So has also been very successful lately, so a tense fight for first place is to be expected. Our Game of the Week is the model game that Caruana won in the first round against Sam Shankland, with a convincing strategy and pretty tactics.

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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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