Game(s) of the Week: Sharp fights from Dutch house mates

by Merijn van Delft
12/18/2019 – This week IM Merijn van Delft once again brings you his analysis of one of his own games, from the recent Dutch League weekend this time, which he considers quite sharp. Plus a bonus "experimental rook sacrifice"! The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). Merijn is live this week starting at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET / 4 PM EST).

The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen The Sicilian Tajmanov-Scheveningen

The Sicilian has been known for decades as the most reliable way for Black to obtain an unbalanced but good position. Among the most popular Sicilians at the top level the two that certainly stand out are the Najdorf and the Paulsen.


Game of the Week #391

Honestly, after studying the games of the FIDE Grand Prix in Jerusalem and the Ukrainian Championship, I didn't come across a game that really captured me. Volokitin-Eljanov was a true heavyweight battle, but it was more complex than thematic. In the end, I decided that tonight we will study two very sharp games played in the Dutch League last weekend. A Sicilian game played by myself, and an experimental rook sacrifice played by my house mate IM David Miedema.

The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium accounts.

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


Merijn will explain in the show!

This week's show

To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows. Merijn is  live at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET / 4 PM EST).


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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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