Game of the Week: I. Nepomniachtchi vs K. Alekseenko

by Merijn van Delft
5/5/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes another look at the Candidates and presents a game by Ian Nepomniachtchi, the winner of the Candidates, who will challenge World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November. | Merijn's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Game of the Week #462

Today we'll have a final look at the Candidates, since it was such an important event. In the past two weeks we looked at two excellent wins by Giri, but of course we should complete the coverage of the Candidates with a win by Nepomniachtchi.

As we discussed before, he took a safety first approach in the second half of the tournament, but grabbed his chances very well. His win versus Alekseenko is instructive training material.

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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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