Game of the Week #511: Praggnanandhaa vs Cornette

by Merijn van Delft
4/13/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #511, Merijn van Delft takes a look at Praggnanandhaa's inspired attacking win against French Grandmaster Matthieu Cornette at the strong Reykjavik Open, in which "Pragg" finished sole first. | Merijn's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Game of the Week #511

The finish of the Reykjavik Open was a real thriller, with many players fighting for first place. Just when it seemed that several would share first place, Praggnanandhaa turned a lost position against Gukesh around to reach 7.5 out of 9 and to become sole first.

In the penultimate round against Cornette Praggnanandhaa already provided fireworks, adopting a recent attacking concept which Aronian used to beat Esipenko in the Grand Prix in Berlin. Praggnanandhaa vs Cornette is the game that we will study.

Warm-up question: What would you play here with Black?


This week’s show

The flexible Open Spanish

In this opening Black opts for active piece play and is not afraid to fight for the initiative from an early stage. One of the many good features of this opening is that Black is often the side which controls the pace of the game.

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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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