Game of the Week #604: Wei Yi vs Vidit

by Merijn van Delft
2/2/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft turns his attention to the winner of Wijk: Chinese Grandmaster Wei Yi. Merijn takes a look how Wei Yi used the hidden potential of the seemingly harmless Colle System to win a crucial game against Vidit. | 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 #604

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament had a spectacular finish with four players sharing first place after a very exciting final round: Giri, Wei Yi, Abdusattorov and Gukesh. The four-player Blitz play-off was also very exciting and it was Wei Yi who managed to keep his nerves under control best.

Helping Ding Liren in his World Championship match must have helped, and in the final round against Vidit, which is our Game of the Week, Wei Yi used the Colle system, a set-up Ding Liren used successfully in the World Championship.

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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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