Game of the Week: So vs Carlsen

by Merijn van Delft
2/17/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft looks back to the final of the Opera Euro Rapid Tournament and presents a crucial game, in which Wesley So defeated Magnus Carlsen. | 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 #451

Wesley So impressed the chess world by beating Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Opera Euro Rapid. His pragmatic approach to these events, throwing in quick draws in the preliminary stages, has received criticism, but he seems to save his energy for when it really counts. In the game that we will study So played a very straightforward line in the Italian Game that probably will pay off handsomely if you try it in your own games.

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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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