Game of the Week #589: M. Carlsen vs V. Keymer

by Merijn van Delft
10/13/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #589 Merijn Van Delft analyses how Magnus Carlsen defeated Vincent Keymer, who had come close to eliminating Carlsen from the World Cup, in the European Club Cup. A clash of generations in which Carlsen tried an interesting concept against the Najdorf. | 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 #589

The European Club Cup was held in Albania this year and was won by Offerspill Sjakklubb, the Norwegian club of Magnus Carlsen. The world number one was in fine form and in the fifth round there was a very interesting clash of generations with Vincent Keymer. As so often, Carlsen came up with an unexpected, seemingly innocent opening choice. Keymer lost his way surprisingly quickly, but the way in which Carlsen converted was very instructive.

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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.