Game of the Week: Daniil Dubov vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

by Merijn van Delft
1/6/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes another look at the Airthings Masters. He focuses on the match between Daniil Dubov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, an interesting clash of styles and a tense battle with a lot of decisive games. | 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

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Game of the Week #445

The Airthings Masters have come to an end and my colleague Lawrence Trent has already covered the very tense final between Levon Aronian and the impressive winner of the event, Teimour Radjabov. Equally fascinating was the battle for 3rd/4th place between Daniil Dubov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, which was eventually won by the Frenchman. We will study this epic clash of styles and try to draw some conclusions.

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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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