Game of the Week: Bacrot vs Iturrizaga

by Merijn van Delft
10/9/2019 – Today IM Merijn van Delft covers the latest on the Caro-Kann, featuring a win by Etienne Bacrot. The show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). 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 #383

The theme of this week is Beating the Caro-Kann. While the Advance Variation is an interesting, but complex fighting weapon, the Two Knights Variation is going through a renaissance recently. This has to do with a key concept that has been discovered a few years ago, but only now is fully appreciated. A few days ago Bacrot convincingly beat Iturrizaga with it.

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Warm-up question: How would you recapture the pawn here with White?


The solution will be revealed tonight!

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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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