Game of the Week #501: Caruana vs Carlsen, Wijk aan Zee 2022

by Merijn van Delft
2/2/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #501 Merijn van Delft takes a look at the final rounds of the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee, and focuses on Magnus Carlsen's fine and crucial win with Black against Fabiano Caruana. | 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 #501

It was unlikely that Jorden van Foreest was going to win the Tata Steel Chess Tournament for a second time in a row, but he had a good finish in Wijk aan Zee and played the most entertaining chess of everyone.

Magnus Carlsen did not just want to win the tournament, he wanted to win it as convincingly as possible. He finished in style by beating Fabiano Caruana, who is number three in the all time rankings. The World Champion did so with the black pieces in a true model 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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