Game of the Week 486: A. Lenderman vs F. Caruana

by Merijn van Delft
10/20/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes another look at the US Championship and analyses the encounter between Alekandr Lenderman and Fabiano Caruana, a tactically and positionally rich battle, in which Caruana showed great fighting spirit. | 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 #486

The German Bundesliga season 19-21 was completed in the past week and the OSG Baden-Baden won after a tense competition. The US Championships and the Russian Superfinals also came to an end, and with all these events going on, there are lots of games to choose from.

But the game A. Lenderman vs F. Caruana from the US Championship was particularly interesting. Caruana had a terrible start to the tournament, losing his number two spot in the world rankings in the process, but his fighting effort against Lenderman, our Game of the Week, deserves the highest praise.

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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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