Game of the Week 482: Crazy tactics - T. Beerdsen vs P. Velten

by Merijn van Delft
9/22/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game from the Dutch Team Championships in which White used a very aggressive approach against the French, which led to amazing complications and crazy tactics. | 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 #482

After a one and a half year break the Dutch team competition finally started again and the match En Passant vs AMEVO Apeldoorn, in which eleven Grandmasters, including Anish Giri took part, was the first big clash. It ended with a hard-fought 5-5.

The game of the match was the encounter between Thomas Beerdsen and Paul Velten, though Thomas spoiled his attacking masterpiece in the end. Still, the amazing concept he used deserves to be studied as our Game of the Week.

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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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