Game of the Week #622: M. Carlsen - Ding Liren, Norway Chess 2024

by Merijn van Delft
6/6/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft looks at the Magnus Carlsen vs Ding Liren from the Norway Chess Tournament. Though it had a shocking finish, it was strategically interesting. | 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 #622

Encounters between world champions are always interesting, and so was the game between Magnus Carlsen and Ding Liren from the sixth round of Norway Chess. In a Benoni with colours reversed, Magnus chose a very interesting strategy that required a precise response from Black. Ding Liren, in good form, would probably have found good counterplay with Black, but as the game progressed he got into trouble and the finish was one of the most shocking of the year.

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.
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