Game of the Week #500:

by Merijn van Delft
1/27/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #500 Merijn van Delft focuses on the tournament in Wijk aan Zee, and especially on Magnus Carlsen's fine win against Shakhryar Mamedyarov in the Catalan. | 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 #500

It's fitting that edition number 500 of the "Game of the Week" series is during the Wijk aan Zee tournament, with the World Champion in the lead. We will indeed study a game by the player who many people consider to be the greatest player of all times.

Magnus Carlsen is on fire in the Catalan, beating Giri, Rapport and Mamedyarov with this universal opening, all in about 30 moves.

In this video we will focus on the game against Mamedyarov and on what it takes to beat another giant.

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


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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.


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