Game of the Week #560: L. Dominguez - H. Nakamura

by Merijn van Delft
3/24/2023 – In his “Game of the Week” show #560, Merijn van Delft goes through an unconventional battle from the American Cup. The game between Leinier Dominguez and Hikaru Nakamura featured a sharp opening choice, a complex middlegame and a number of non-standard decisions. | 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 #560

While the German Bundesliga is always interesting to follow, I didn’t quite find a game that stood out for me.

Therefore I started checking the American Cup, and while at first that basically seemed like a collection of Berlin Defences, the unconventional game Dominguez-Nakamura suddenly stood out as the right fit for the Game of the Week. A sharp opening choice, a complex middlegame structure and non-standard decisions make for a very interesting game to study.

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.