Game of the Week #618: V. Keymer - N. Abdusattorov

by Merijn van Delft
5/14/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at an exciting and decisive game Vincent Keymer and Nodirbek Abdusattorov, two of the world's most promising young talents, recently played at the TePe Sigeman tournament in Malmö, Sweden. | 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 #618

This week we return to the Sigeman & Co tournament in Sweden. Last week we discussed a game by Erigaisi, who finished in a tie for first place with Svidler and Abdusattorov. After the youngsters both beat the veteran in the lightning play-off, they met for the title and it was Abdusattorov who emerged victorious. Not only that, but he also moved up to fifth in the world rankings.

It was his win with the black pieces against Keymer that is our Game of the Week.

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

This week’s show

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Part 2

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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