Game of the Week 481: R. Rapport vs S. Karjakin

by Merijn van Delft
9/15/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes another look at the impressive performance of Richard Rapport at the Norway Chess Tournament, focusing on Rapport's fine win against Sergey Karjakin in round 7. | 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 #481

The Norway Chess Tournament is not all about the duel between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and World Championship Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi (that will be saved for their World Championship match in November), but the rising star of Richard Rapport is the big news. So far Rapport gained 18 rating-points in Norway and has climbed to number 6 in the world rankings.

Last week we studied his instructive good knight vs bad bishop endgame against Tari and this week we will examine his positional win against Karjakin.

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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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