Game of the Week 487: S. Mamedyarov vs G. Kamsky

by Merijn van Delft
10/28/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game Shakhryar Mamedyarov played in the Bundesliga against Gata Kamsky, "one of the most beautiful positional games of the year". | 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 #487

Last week we focused on the USA Championships, but after having another look at the German Bundesliga we discovered some really beautiful games.

Svane-McShane was a hot candidate with a great sacrifice and an amazing piece of calculation by the young German grandmaster. However, in the end we decided that Mamedyarov-Kamsky is our Game of the Week – it is one of the most beautiful positional games of the year and the longer you look at it, the more impressive it becomes.

Warm-up question: What would you play here with White?


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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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