Game of the Week: van Foreest vs Carlsen

by Merijn van Delft
1/15/2020 – Tonight's show will be recorded from Wijk aan Zee, very close to where the action happens. IM Merijn van Delft tackles the game from the Masters that was the talk of the town: Jorden van Foreest vs Magnus Carlsen. 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).

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Game of the Week #395

Super-talent Alireza Firouzja was the surprising early tournament leader, but yesterday Wesley So took over by beating him in a technical game with the bishop pair. Another great surprise in the first part of the tournament is local hero Jorden van Foreest. Tonight we will examine how he could have had great chances to beat Magnus Carlsen. The world champion drew the game and took over the record of longest unbeaten streak.

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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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lajosarpad lajosarpad 1/16/2020 10:56
I think it's also worth noting that Capablanca was unbeaten for years. It was a streak with much fewer games than Carlsen's, but nevertheless Capablanca won more games in his streak than Carlsen and they have both played against the world elite, being world champions.
praddy06 praddy06 1/16/2020 04:09
Top unbeaten streaks in Chess (min 50 games unbeaten) with win and draws

Magnus Carlsen Ongoing 2018-20 - 111 games (36 wins & 75 draws)

Sergey Tiviakov during 2004-05 - 110 games (57 wins & 56 draws)

Bogdan Lalic during 2006-07 - 110 games (44 wins & 66 draws)

Ding Liren in 2017-18 - 100 games (21 wins & 79 draws)

Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 95 games (46 wins & 49 draws)

Vladimir Malakhov during 2015-2017 - 93 games (37 wins & 56 draws)

Mikhail Tal in 1972-73 - 86 games (47 wins & 39 draws)

Wang Yue in 2008 - 85 games (30 wins & 55 draws)

Milan Drasko in 2006-07 - 84 games

Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-00 - 82 games

Wesley So in 2016-17 - 67 games (25 wins & 42 draws)

Vachier Lagrave in 2015-16 - 67 games (27 wins & 40 draws)

Capablanca during 1916-24 - 63 games (40 wins & 23 draws)

Le Quang Liem in 2016-17 - 59 games (26 wins & 33 draws)

Wesley So in 2014-15 - 54 games (30 wins & 24 draws)

Sam Shankland in 2017-18 - 53 games (25 wins & 28 draws)

Fabiano Caruana in 2016-17 - 50 games (19 wins & 31 draws)