Game of the Week: The Challengers

by Merijn van Delft
1/16/2019 – Ideas and strategies in Grandmaster games can be quite instructive. IM Merijn van Delft presents games like these every Wednesday at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET, 2 pm EST). On this week's show: The Tata Steel Chess Challengers. The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit videos.chessbase.com/live or login via Playchess for Windows.

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Tonight's show will be recorded in Wijk aan Zee as close to the tournament hall as one can be. We will focus on the exciting Challengers group. I've selected my favourite game so far, but let's see what happens today in the fifth round.

As a warm-up question: How would you defend the b7 pawn with Black?

 

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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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