Game of the Week #523: An interesting loss

by Merijn van Delft
7/7/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #523 Merijn van Delft shows an interesting game he lost at the "Wine Open" in Naujac sur Mer, a unique tournament, in which prices are bottle of wines delivered according to the winners' weight. | 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 #523

The Candidates are over, and Ian Nepomniachtchi won convincingly ahead of Ding Liren, and currently, Carlsen seems to negotiate about the conditions of the World Championship match. To be continued!

Meanwhile, I'm playing my first tournament in three years (last one was European Club Cup in 2019), the wine tournament in Naujac sur Mer in France.

While I'm at 4 out of 5 at the time of writing, I surprisingly lost in the second round. In an old tradition, I want to share this loss.

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.