Game of the Week #492: Max Warmerdam vs Hing Ting Lai

by Merijn van Delft
12/1/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game from the Dutch Championship, in which Max Warmerdam outplayed his opponent Hing Ting Lai convincingly. Warmerdam is not only a strong player, but he also worked as a second for Jorden Van Foreest at the Wijk aan Zee tournament 2021, and helped Van Foreest to surprisingly win this prestigious event. | 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 #492

The World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi has begun and even though all four games played ended in a draw, the chess is very interesting and it feels that something dramatic can happen at any time.

Since we all follow these games very closely, I thought that it might be interesting to select a game from the Dutch Championship instead.

Max Warmerdam is leading the Final Four halfway through and we'll study his crucial game against Hing Ting Lai.

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The flexible Open Spanish

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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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