Game of the Week #595: A. Predke vs V. Keymer

by Merijn van Delft
11/24/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #595, Merijn Van Delft takes a closer look at Alexander Predke's long but instructive win against Vincent Keymer at the European Team Championship 2023. | 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 #595

Serbia won the European Team Championship ahead of Germany. Serbia were boosted by the addition of Predke and Sarana to the team, and Germany are starting to benefit from the young new generation of strong grandmasters led by Keymer. It was a close finish with both teams in good shape.

We have decided to make the top pairing of Predke-Keymer our Game of the Week, even though it lasted 98 moves and was a tough technical battle. That too is part of chess!

Warm-up question: What would you play here with White?

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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.