Game of the Week: A masterpiece by Levon Aronian!

by Merijn van Delft
12/30/2020 – This week Merijn van Delft shows a game in which Levon Aronian (pictured) came up with an unusual and creative rook maneuver to create a masterpiece in his quarterfinal match against Hikaru Nakamura at the Airthings Masters. | 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: Lennart Ootes (Archive)

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Game of the Week #444

The Airthings Masters preliminaries were a very tense affair with a photo finish in the end. The only downside were the many draws, as several top players tried to consolidate their positive score. A true artist and the favorite player of many is Dubov, who constantly tries to create something. The most impressive game of the knock-out stage so far was Aronian beating Nakamura, which we will study in detail.

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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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