Game of the Week #497: N. Abdusattorov vs I. Nepomniachtchi

by Merijn van Delft
1/5/2022 – In this first "Game of the Week" show of the new year Merijn van Delft takes a final look at the World Rapid Championship. Magnus Carlsen pushed a little too hard and lost against 17-year old Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and in the end Abusattorov qualified for his third tournament playoff in a row (earlier in December twice in Spain) and again he won to become the youngest Rapid World Champion ever. In the final game of the playoff he impressively beat Ian Nepomniachtchi, which is Merijn's Game of the Week. | Merijn's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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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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