Game of the Week #519: Carlsen vs Mamedyarov

by Merijn van Delft
6/9/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #518, Merijn van Delft analyses Magnus Carlsen’s win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from the sixth round of the Norway Chess Tournament — a trademark victory by the world champion. | 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 #519

Local hero and World Champion Magnus Carlsen is leading the standings table at the Norway Chess Tournament. With two rounds to go, he is just ahead of Anand, the former World Champion who is in excellent shape himself. In fact, in their direct encounter, Anand was outplaying Carlsen, but the latter escaped in the end.

As our Game of the Week, we have selected Carlsen’s win with white against Mamedyarov, which was played in his trademark technical style.

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


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.