Game of the Week: Yuriy Kuzubov vs. Francisco Vallejo Pons

by Merijn van Delft
9/30/2020 – In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game from the Spanish Team Championship, in which Yuriy Kuzubov showed excellent endgame technique. | Merijn's show is freely available at 15.00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 EDT) for a limited time, and on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo:

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Game of the Week #431

Merijn van Delft: "The Spanish league has been very entertaining and brought many interesting games and new ideas. For example, with Jorden van Foreest vs Niclas Huschenbeth action is guaranteed.

 

But in the end we decided to take a closer look at a game between Yuriy Kuzubov and Francisco Vallejo Pons, because of its instructive value. A true lesson in technique."

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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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