Game of the Week #598: H. Niemann vs M. Bartel

by Merijn van Delft
12/15/2023 – In his new game of the week show Merin van Delft takes a look at the game Hans Niemann vs Mateusz Bartel, which was played at the London Chess Classic and which is perhaps one of the most creative and sophisticated swindles of 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 #598

The London Chess Classic was a highly entertaining event. English legend Michael Adams was sole first and won the tournament without a single defeat though he had to survive a lost position against Jules Moussard. Gukesh pushed hard in his attempts to qualify for the Candidates, but suffered two defeats.

Pushing even harder for a win in every single game was Mateusz Bartel, who ended up with four wins and four losses! His seventh round game against Niemann was super original and is therefore our Game of the Week.

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

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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.