Game of the Week #495: A fine game by Nico Zwirs

by Merijn van Delft
12/22/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a looks at a game by Nico Zwirs which abounds with interesting positional and tactical ideas. | 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 #495

My good friend and Fritztrainer colleague Nico Zwirs managed to score his first GM norm in the XXX Torneo Int. Magistral de Elgoibar. While playing a tournament in Barcelona, he got invited to play in the Grandmaster group GM group of the Magistral de Elgoibar. Everything started smoothly with 5.5 out of 6, but then he lost in the seventh round after a long defence. Then in round eight, when he needed it most, Nico played his most inspired game of the tournament, which qualifies 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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