Game of the Week #503: L. Dominguez vs W. So, Berlin, Grand Prix 2022

by Merijn van Delft
2/16/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #503 Merijn van Delft takes at a theoretically interesting game in the Italian, which Leinier Dominguez and Wesley So played at the FIDE Grand Prix in Berlin. | 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 #503

The Americans completely dominated the group stage of the FIDE GP in Berlin. Nakamura won Group A after a tough defence in the final game against Esipenko. Group B had no American participant and was won by Rapport after beating Wojtaszek in the tiebreak. Last week we saw how Aronian was a class of his own in group C. This week we will see how group D was decided by an ongoing theoretical battle in the Italian between Dominguez and So.

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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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