Game of the Week 478: Xiong stuns Caruana

by Merijn van Delft
8/25/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft analyses Jeffery Xiong’s victory over Fabiano Caruana from the fifth round of the Sinquefield Cup. The game was fairly messy — an oft-seen feature in modern-day chess. | 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 #478

Last week we examined Caruana’s model game in the first round of the Sinquefield Cup, and that left the impression that Caruana might have very well dominated the tournament. Top-level chess is no longer that predictable though, and in the fifth round Xiong managed to score a historic win against his country’s highest-ranked player.

The game was fairly messy, and Xiong’s position was not at all good at some point, but that as well is typical of modern-day chess.

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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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