For today’s article, I wanted to “introduce” a new grandmaster to chess^summit – which is something I haven’t done for a while. For those of you who have followed this blog since its conception back in 2014, you probably remember my posts on Mikhail Tal, Fabiano Caruana, Sam Shankland, and more recently, Pavel Eljanov. Today, I wanted to introduce a much less well-known Grandmaster from the Netherlands, Benjamin Bok.
Bok earned his GM title back in 2014 and boasts wins against players like Yu Yangyi, Loek van Wely, and Robin van Kampen. While he hasn’t cracked the elite level of play yet, he’s shown a lot of progress, and in doing so earned an invite to the Challenger section of the Tata Steel this week. Let’s take a look at his Round 2 win.
A great win from the Dutch Grandmaster against his fellow countryman, as after 10… d5, his play flowed and there was a clear-cut plan throughout the whole game. While this game showed us the importance of fluidity at the highest level, it also showed the importance of having a broad opening repertoire. Bok rarely deviates from 1. e4, but here likely threw away hours of Erwin L’ami’s preparation. Good win!
Bok currently sits at 2/5 in the Challengers Section, with tough games against Grandmasters Sam Sevian and Nijat Abasov left. We’ll see if there’s more to come this year from the Dutch youngster – with play like this win, he just might reach 2700!