Game of the Week #536: M. Carlsen vs A. Naumann

by Merijn van Delft
10/6/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #536 Merijn van Delft looks at a fascinating game Magnus Carlsen played in round 2 of the European Club Cup in Mayrhofen, Austria. The World Champion had White against the German Grandmaster Alexander Naumann and impressed with surprising maneuvers in the opening and a couple of pawn sacrifices for positional compensation. | 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 #536

The 37th European Club Cup is played right now in Mayrhofen, Austria. Former World Champion Anand, current World Champion Carlsen and rising stars Gukesh and Erigaisi are present at this attractive yearly team event.

Magnus Carlsen had a typical slow start with a draw in the first round, but in the second round he had a very innovative and fascinating game against Alexander Naumann, 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.