Game of the Week #538: R. Robson vs W. So

by Merijn van Delft
10/20/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #538 Merijn van Delft looks at a fine and very creative attacking game Ray Robson played at the US Championship 2022 against Wesley So. | 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 #538

The championship of the USA is over, and Fabiano Caruana won. Ray Robson, who was in top shape, finished second. Both beat Hans Niemann with Black, who in turn keeps making headlines with his strange behavior.

In bad shape was Wesley So and our Game of the Week is Robson vs So, which features a trendy positional pawn sacrifice in the Nimzo-Indian. The position is balanced at first, but then the fight is only just starting.

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.