Game of the Week: A. Esipenko vs M. Kobalia

by Merijn van Delft
5/12/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes a look at the Russian Team Championships, in which the 19-year Russian talent Andrey Esipenko showed a fine performance and played a number of impressive games. The focus will be on his win against M. Kobalia. | 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 #463

The Russian Team Championship was won by the St Petersburg team Bronze Horseman and was played in Sochi in the past week.

19-year old Andrey Esipenko, who also did very well in Wijk aan Zee in the beginning of this year, jumped 11 spots in the word rankings with his performance and is now the world's number 26. We will have a look at his spectacular attacking game against Kobalia.

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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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