Game of the Week #513: Jorden van Foreest vs Eric Hansen

by Merijn van Delft
4/29/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #513, Merijn van Delft takes a look at the game Jorden van Foreest vs Eric Hansen from the Oslo Esports Cup, in which van Foreest demonstrated a modern way to treat the Maroczy Bind. | 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 #513

The most prominent event of the past week was the Oslo Esports Cup, which is part of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. Exciting chess as usual, and suprising results here and there. After a very exciting final round Jan-Krzysztof Duda won ahead of Le Quang Liem, Magnus Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa.

Oslo Esports Cup 2022

Especially world champion Magnus Carlsen clearly had his ups and downs. His provocative 1.f3 in one of his games in his first-round match against Duda seems to reflect his somewhat unusual mindset.


The game we will study is the one between Jorden van Foreest and Eric Hansen, with a special very modern treatment of the Maroczy Bind.

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


This week’s show

The flexible Open Spanish

In this opening Black opts for active piece play and is not afraid to fight for the initiative from an early stage. One of the many good features of this opening is that Black is often the side which controls the pace of the game.

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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.