Game of the Week #532: M. Carlsen vs O. H. Niemann

by Merijn van Delft
9/7/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #532 Merijn van Delft looks at the controversial game between Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann at the Sinquefield Cup 2022. Carlsen lost with White and then withdrew from the tournament. The tweet, with which Carlsen announced his withdrawal caused a fervent and on-going debate whether Niemann cheated when he won against Carlsen. But what about the game? | 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 #532

The withdrawal of World Champion Magnus Carlsen from the Sinquefield Cup, after his loss with the white pieces to Hans Moke Niemann, is dominating the chess news at the moment. While we are not in a position to make any statements (disclaimer!) and as always in such cases we should calmly await further developments, we did feel like going through the game that everyone is talking about.

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.