Game of the Week #520: Pechac vs Keymer

by Merijn van Delft
6/17/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #520, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game played between Jergus Pechac and Vincent Keymer, in which Pechac came up with an interesting concept in the opening and was close to winning but failed to overcome Keymer's stubborn defense. | 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 #520

The 4th edition of the Prague International Chess Festival is quite a dynamic event with many groups, not unlike the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. Interestingly, the second group with Keymer, Abdusattorov and Niemann, feels just as strong as the first group.

After six rounds Keymer and Nodirbek Abdusattorov share the lead with 4.5/6 each, but things could have been different if Pechac had managed to crown his attack in his game against Keymer - which is our Game of the Week.

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.