Game of the Week #510: Julian Kramer's fighting victory

by Merijn van Delft
4/6/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #510, Merijn van Delft takes a look at the European Championships and analyses a "streetfighting" win of Julian Kramer, a young German player, who scored his first GM norm at the European Championships. | 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 #510

The European Individual Championship is a huge source of interesting games and the fight for spots in the World Cup is fierce and spectacular. Matthias Bluebaum had a great streak of six wins in a row and is the leading German player.

But amongst the other German top grandmasters, suddenly an IM from Hamburg appeared, who fought his way up the rankings and scored his first grandmaster norm in the process: Julian Kramer. We'll examine his streetfighting win over Alexander Donchenko.

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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