Game of the Week #625: M. Warmerdam - A. Motylev, Teplice 2024

by Merijn van Delft
6/27/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft looks at a strategically interesting and instructive game by Max Warmerdam, which helped the Dutch Grandmaster to win the Teplice Open, which ended a few days ago. | 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 #625

24-year-old Max Warmerdam was already ranked #3 in the Netherlands, but after his recent run of good form, he is now closing in on #2 Jorden van Foreest and is currently ranked #65 in the world. Max won the Teplice Open, catching up with tournament leader Jingyao Tin in the seventh round and beating former 2700 player Alexander Motylev in the final round. White's strategy and technique in Warmerdam-Motylev was instructive, making it our game of the week.

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

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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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