Game of the Week #606: A. Pavlidis vs L. McShane

by Merijn van Delft
2/15/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft shows an interesting game from the German Bundesliga, in which White showed ways to overcome the Berlin wall. | 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 #606

The German Bundesliga is known as the strongest league in the world and therefore always a pleasant source of interesting games. Going through rounds 7 and 8 (they always play on weekends), the Pavlidis-McShane game really stood out and is our Game of the Week.

McShane is very hard to beat, especially in the notorious Berlin Defence, but Pavlidis played a brilliant, instructive positional game.

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

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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.