Game of the Week #508: Le Quang Liem beats the Italian

by Merijn van Delft
3/24/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #508, Merijn van Delft looks at two impressive games Le Quang Liem played at the Charity Cup - in both games Le demonstrated Black's attacking potential in the Italian. | 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 #508

The Charity Cup is the second tournament of the Meltwater tour and remains an exciting online addition to the classical OTB-events. The preliminaries were dominated by Vietnamese top player GM Le Quang Liem, who is known for his tactical skills.

In the fifth round he beat Jones with Black in the Italian, using an impressive attacking setup. Three rounds later Vidit was better prepared, but Le won in similarly impressive fashion. We will study both games.

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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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