Game of the Week #512: Arjun Erigaisi vs Chopra Aryan

by Merijn van Delft
4/20/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #512, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a fine positional exchange sacrifice with which the 18-year old Indian star Arjun Erigaisi defeated his countryman Chopra Aryan in round 4 of the Fagernes Open in Norway. | 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 #512

There have been no absolute top tournaments last week but we still found a strategic masterpiece by 18-year old world class Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, who is quickly climbing the world rankings, and is now on 61st position.

Against fellow countryman Grandmaster Chopra Aryan he slowly but surely built up the pressure, using the most refined modern postional concepts.

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


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.