Game of the Week #531: M. Van Delft vs O. Almeida Quintana

by Merijn van Delft
8/31/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #531 Merijn van Delft looks at one of his own games - a loss, in which he fell victim to a fine queen sacrifice and a violent attack by the Cuban GM Omar Almeida Quintana. | 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 #531

This week I'm playing a tournament in Maia, which is a suburb of Porto, the beautiful city in Portugal. The tournament has a very nice vibe and is warmly recommended.

At the time of writing GM Omar Almeida Quintana from Cuba is leading the tournament with 6.5 out of 7, and is a full point ahead of the rest. In the fourth round I lost an instructive game against him, which I want to share with you.

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.