The Game of the Week

by Merijn van Delft
10/31/2018 – Ideas and strategies in Grandmaster games can be quite instructive. IM Merijn van Delft presents games like these every Wednesday at 20:00 CEST (19:00 UT, 2 pm EDT). On this week's show: An overlooked game from the Isle of Man.

The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.1 and 2 The Fashionable Caro-Kann Vol.1 and 2

The Caro Kann is a very tricky opening. Black’s play is based on controlling and fighting for key light squares. It is a line which was very fashionable in late 90s and early 2000s due to the successes of greats like Karpov, Anand, Dreev etc. Recently due to strong engines lot of key developments have been made and some new lines have been introduced, while others have been refuted altogether. I have analyzed the new trends carefully and found some new ideas for Black.

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Tactical powerplay

Praggnanandhaa played a really entertaining tactical game against Ravi in the seventh round of the Isle of Man tournament. Tonight we'll have a close look at the details.

As a warm-up: What do you think Alina Kashlinskaya — who earned a GM-norm with a 2700 performance at Isle of Man — played in the following position:

 

What would you play here with white?


This week's show

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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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