Game of the Week: L. Aronian vs V. Artemiev

by Merijn van Delft
7/8/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft analyses a game from the finals of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid tournament. Levon Aronian showcased excellent strategic understanding and a keen tactical eye to score a great victory over Vladislav Artemiev. | 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 #471

The semifinals of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid tournament were stellar: Carlsen vs. Aronian and Ding vs. Artemiev. In both cases, the underdog made a spectacular comeback.

We focus on a game from the final between Aronian and Artemiev. There were several fascinating encounters to choose from, but in the end it was the last game of the final that qualified as our Game of the Week. Superior universal strategy followed by a keen tactical eye secured Aronian tournament victory.

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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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