Game of the Week: Vintage Kramnik

by Merijn van Delft
1/30/2019 – 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: A classic Kramnik game from 1993 against Vassily Ivanchuk. 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 or login via Playchess for Windows.

My Path to the Top My Path to the Top

On this DVD Vladimir Kramnik retraces his career from talented schoolboy to World Champion in 2006. With humour and charm he describes his first successes, what it meant to be part of the Russian Gold Medal team at the Olympiad, and how he undertook the Herculean task of beating his former mentor and teacher Garry Kasparov.


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Yesterday Vladimir Kramnik announced that his phenomenal career in classical chess has come to an end, so it seems fitting to study one of his best games tonight. I've chosen a Sicilian game from the early 1990s — since that's the Kramnik that was my childhood hero.

As a warm-up question: What would you play here with Black?


Black 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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