Game of the Week #540: S. Movsesian vs F. Bracker

by Merijn van Delft
11/4/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #540 Merijn van Delft again analyses a game from the German Bundesliga. Sergei Movsesian proved to be better prepared than Frank Bracker in a sharp Sicilian Taimanov. | 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 #540

Last week we studied a brilliant endgame by Rasmus Svane, played in the German Bundesliga. This week we will return to the Bundesliga for another highly relevant game.

My friend Frank Bracker shared with me how he decided to play his favourite Taimanov despite knowing all too well that his opponent, Sergei Movsesian, is quite an expert on this opening. And, indeed, the experienced grandmaster came up with something special!

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.