Game of the Week #545: Lohia vs Van Delft

by Merijn van Delft
12/7/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #545 Merijn van Delft presents one of his own games - an interesting loss he suffered against 13-year-old Sohum Lohia from England at the Benidorm Open. | 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 #545

Merijn Van Delft: "Right now I'm playing the Benidorm Open, which is a lovely and very well organised tournament in Spain. Playing circumstances are fantastic and everything is taken care of. Several young talents are participating, which I experienced myself in the second round when I was outplayed by 13-year-old Sohum Lohia from England.

This provides us with some instructive points about Hedgehog positions."

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.