Game of the Week #516: A fine attack by Nico Zwirs

by Merijn van Delft
5/18/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #516, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a fine attacking win by Dutch IM and ChessBase author Nico Zwirs. | 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 #516

Besides the Superbet Chess Classic, which was won by MVL after some tense tiebreak games versus So and Aronian, another two rounds of the German Bundesliga were played in the past weekend.

My team HSK 2 is actually leading in the 2nd Bundesliga Nord, with my teammate and Fritztrainer Nico Zwirs scoring an excellent two out of two on the top board this weekend. As our Game of the Week we will examine Nico's instructive win with Black against Theo Gungl.

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.