Game of the Week: A positional masterpiece

by Merijn van Delft
11/7/2018 – Ideas and strategies in Grandmaster games can be quite instructive. IM Merijn van Delft presents games like these every Wednesday at 20:00 CET (19:00 UT, 2 pm EDT). On this week's show: An overlooked game from the Isle of Man.

Power Strategy 1 Power Strategy 1

The first DVD deals with the initial phase of the game, when the all the reigning principles can be crystalized into just one: DEVELOPMENT!


Week 45

While going through the grandmaster games played in the past week, I came across a great positional game won by the French GM Yannick Gozzoli. Tonight we'll have a detailed looked at the strategy he used.

As a warm-up question: What does Black play here?


Black to move

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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