Game of the Week #498: A fine miniature from the Prague Open

by Merijn van Delft
1/12/2022 – In the "Game of the Week" show Merijn van Delft presents a nice game from the Prague Open, in which Dutch IM Arthur Pijpers demonstrates why it is important to develop his pieces swiftly. | 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 #498

Currently the Prague Open is underway and after six rounds Dutch IM Arthur Pijpers is sharing first. Arthur has a no-nonsense straightforward style and the Sicilian Dragon has always been one of his favourites.

I thought he had switched to others openings recently, but in the fifth round his Dragon was back!

But as our Game of the Week we picked Arthur's miniature attacking game from the third round, which offers instructive training material on creating and exploiting a lead in development.

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


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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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