Game of the Week #577: M. Abdulla vs M. Van Delft

by Merijn van Delft
7/19/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #577, Merijn van Delft shares one of his games from the Science Park Tournament in Amsterdam. He and Murad Abdulla fought in a remarkably imbalanced position! | 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 #577

It’s that time of year! The summer tournaments have started, and I’m currently playing the Science Park Tournament in Amsterdam.

My game against Murad Abdulla from Scotland was a real adventure, so I really had to share this one with you all. At first, I thought the game was not played at a very high level, but apart from a few mistakes it was better than I had thought. At the very least, we created a really unusual struggle!

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.