Game of the Week #493: Thomas Beerdsen vs Sergey Fedorchuk

by Merijn van Delft
12/8/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game between the Dutch player Thomas Beerdsen and Sergey Fedorchuk from Ukraine. The game was played at a tournament in Barcelona and helped Beerdsen to make his second grandmaster norm. | 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 #493

A week ago the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi was still in a deadlock, but meanwhile Carlsen has shown why he is the World Champion. With never-ending patience and an enormous willingness to work hard at the board, he managed to fully dominate the match.

While the World Championship games have been analysed extensively by the best players in the world, we'll focus this week on the second GM norm that my young friend Thomas Beerdsen has scored at a tournament in Barcelona. In the fifth round he won an intelligent attacking game against Sergey Fedorchuk.

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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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