Game of the Week #506: R. Rapport vs S. Vidit

by Merijn van Delft
3/9/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #506, Merijn van Delft shows how Richard Rapport, who is known for his creative play, played on the queenside, in the center and on the kingside to win a crucial game against Vidit at the FIDE Grand Prix in Belgrade. | 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 #506

The group stage of the FIDE GP has come to an end. Last week we saw Andreikin's win in the first round and indeed he went on to win group A.

Anish Giri consolidated his early lead in group B and MVL came out on top in the heavy group D.

In group C the early lead was taken by Vidit, but in their mutual encounters Rapport took over. We will study the first of these as our Game of the Week, which is a true positional masterpiece. The video is recorded in the Chessbase studio, with special guest GM Karsten Mueller!

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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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