Game of the Week #504: Nepo outplays Carlsen

by Merijn van Delft
2/23/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft looks at Ian Nepomniachtchi’s win over Magnus Carlsen from the Airthings Masters. Playing black, Nepo outplayed the world champion on his way to winning the preliminary stage of the online tournament. | 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 #504

The new season of the online Meltwater Champions Chess Tour has started. The first event is the Airthings Masters, with preliminary and knockout stages. The lineup is incredibly strong, as Aronian and Giri failed to get through and Kosteniuk only scored one win and lost her remaining games, while Hansen and Keymer impressively qualified.

Nepomniachtchi recovered from his deafeat at the World Championship match by winning the preliminaries by a wide margin and beating Carlsen with the black pieces in the process.

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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