The Weekly Show: Highlights from Sitges

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12/22/2020 – In his “Weekly Show” IM Lawrence Trent looks at a couple of games from the over-the-board tournament taking place in Sitges, paying special attention to the remarkable victory obtained by 17-year-old Hans Niemann over Matthieu Cornette in round 6. | Lawrence's show is available at 17:00 UTC (18:00 CET, 12:00 ET) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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A young American talent

As stated at the US Chess Champs website, Hans Niemann started playing chess at a Leonardo School when he was 8 years old and living in the Netherlands. He moved back to California at the end of 2012 and his rating quickly jumped from 1000 to 2200 in his two years there, where he became the youngest player to ever win the long-standing Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club Tuesday Night Marathon (the oldest US Chess Club, founded in 1855).

The 17-year-old talent is having a great run at the Sunway Sitges tournament near Barcelona, as he has so far collected 6½ points after 9 rounds. His great performance is enough to meet all the requirements to receive the grandmaster title!

Lawrence analysed Niemann’s victory over Matthieu Cornette from round 6, in which White was in control from start to finish.

But first a warm-up from the game between Jules Moussard and Vladislav Nevednichy. White has obviously got a glorious position, with many tempting options. But what is the must cut-throat route to victory?


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