Game of the Week #602: Wang Hao vs Ding Liren

by Merijn van Delft
1/12/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft analyses one of the games played by world champion Ding Liren at a rapid Chinese tournament. Ding returned to an official competition after a long hiatus. | 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 #602

After his World Championship match against Ian Nepomniachtchi in April, Ding Liren only played in the Superbet Classic right after, an event which didn’t go very well for him.

This week the World Champion will participate in Wijk aan Zee, so everyone is very curious about his current form. An important indication was given by the 1st China Chess King event, a knockout rapid event played last week. While Yu Yangyi won convincingly, we will have a look at the semifinal Wang Hao v. Ding Liren, to get a glimpse of the World Champion’s play.

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

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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.
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