Game of the Week #620: R. Van Meegen - J. Kramer

by Merijn van Delft
5/23/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at an interesting endgame, which helped German IM Julian Kramer to score a crucial win in an important game. | 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 #620

The Limburg Open in Maastricht was a great event with 600 participants, making it the second tournament in the Netherlands after the famous Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee. This year there was also a closed group and no less than two GM norms were achieved: Thibaut Vandebussche from Belgium scored half a point more than required and Julian Kramer from Germany scored exactly the required 6.5 out of 9. Our game of the week is Julian's decisive win from round 7.

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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