Game of the Week: Carlsen vs Dubov

by Merijn van Delft
2/10/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft wonders how Magnus Carlsen plans to counter the original and creative style of Daniil Dubov in their quarterfinal match of the Opera Euro Rapid. | Merijn's show is available at 16.00 UTC (17:00 CET, 12:00 EDT) and on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Game of the Week #450

Both Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri recovered well from the Tata Steel Chess tournament and shared first place in the Opera Euro Rapid preliminaries with 9.5 out of 15. Both Nakamura and Nepomniachtchi suprisingly didn't make it to the knock-out stage. In the first knock-out round Carlsen was again paired against his friend and helper Dubov. Let's have a look at what his game plan was this time around.

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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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