Game of the Week #556: N. Abdusattorov - A. Esipenko

by Merijn van Delft
2/24/2023 – In his “Game of the Week” show #556, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a fantastic attacking game Nodirbek Abdusattorov played against Andrey Esipenko at the WR Masters in Düsseldorf. | 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 #556

The new elite tournament in Dusseldorf, the WR Chess Masters, seems to be well organized and is providing exciting chess for the chess fans. Several games were candidate for Game of the Week and in the end we decided that Abdusattorov's handling of the attack against Esipenko was extraordinary. He's not just an amazing endgame player, but seems to be equally strong in all sorts of positions and is currently storming the world's top ten.

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.