Game of the Week: Coaching a world champ!

by Merijn van Delft
12/23/2020 – In his Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft celebrates the fact that one of his students, Eline Roebers, has won the Girls U14 World Rapid Championship! He analyses a tense game from Roebers’ final match against Zsoka Gaal. | 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. | Photo: Harry Gielen

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Game of the Week #443

The World Cadets & Youth Rapid Championships were held online this year, and the organization was up to the challenge. Earlier this month, the continental preliminaries took place, while the final knockout stage was played on December 19-22.

Personally, I was involved coaching the Dutch kids, and three Dutch girls made it to the KO stage. Eline Roebers and Machteld van Foreest both played in the Girls U14 and faced each other in the quarterfinals. After a tough fight, Eline won and in fact went on to become World Champion! We will study a tense game Eline won in the final.

Eline has been a long-time student of Robert Ris, also a ChessBase columnist and author.

Additional note: Don’t be misled by the ratings of the players. White has been over 2200 in the past (youth ratings jump up and down a lot these days because of the new 40 K-factor), and generally ratings of young players were frozen because of corona. I would currently estimate both players at 2200/2300 level.

And if you speak Dutch, check out this article in a major Dutch newspaper, featuring both Eline and Machteld!

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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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