Game of the Week #580: L. Vrolijk vs M. Van Delft

by Merijn van Delft
8/10/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #580, Merijn Van Delft continues the tradition of presenting his losses and shows an interesting and highly tactical game he lost against GM Liam Vrolijk at the Bad Vlissingen tournament. A real slugfest. | 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 #580

While the World Championship is very exciting to follow and something we will certainly return to next week, the traditional summer tournaments also produce a lot of exciting fights.

It is something of a tradition to share my losses, and in Vlissingen against GM Liam Vrolijk I had a really exciting fight that definitely deserves to be shared. Any result was possible until everything was decided in the last minute.

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.