Hammertime In Norway: Avoiding The Freaky Frenchman's Fancy

Nov 23, 2015
28 min
Two of the best players in Europe square off when Norway's #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer faces French #1 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Find out what Hammer was thinking as he tried to hold his own against the aggressive and excellently prepared MVL. Hammer decided to play to his strengths and hopefully MVL’s weaknesses with a quiet opening — but there was a downside to this approach, too.