Game of the Week: Vachier-Lagrave vs Rapport

by Merijn van Delft
8/14/2019 – IM Merijn van Delft is live this week and will examine Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's win over Richard Rapport from the St. Louis Rapid tournament. The show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows. Merijn is on-demand this week starting at 18:00 UTC (20:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT).

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Game of the Week 375

After coaching at the Dutch Open in Dieren and at the European Youth Championship in Bratislava, I returned to Amsterdam. So tonight we can finally do a live show again. In the past few days I've enjoyed watching the rapid games in Saint Louis. While World Champion Magnus Carlsen is not in good shape at all, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier Lagrave shared first place in the rapid. My favourite game is the one MVL played against Rapport.

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Warming-up question: What would you play here with White?


White to move

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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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