Game of the Week #509: Esipenko vs Nakamura

by Merijn van Delft
4/5/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #509, Merijn van Delft shows how Hikaru Nakamura won against Andrey Esipenko in the final round of the preliminaries at the FIDE Grand Prix in Berlin - it was an interesting, tense fighting game and winning it guaranteed Nakamura a place in the Candidates. | 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 #509

The third leg of the FIDE GP in Berlin ended up being nerve-racking business. Aronian, Giri and Dominguez all lost their last round games, ruining their chances to qualify for the Candidates. At the end of the day, it's all about keeping your act together - chess is psychology. The big winner was Nakamura, who managed to survive a highly inspired attack by Esipenko. When the attack was running out of fuel, Nakamura took over and went on to win.

Warm-up question: What would you play here with Black?


This week’s show

The flexible Open Spanish

In this opening Black opts for active piece play and is not afraid to fight for the initiative from an early stage. One of the many good features of this opening is that Black is often the side which controls the pace of the 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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