Game of the Week 479: Naroditsky’s impressive attack

by Merijn van Delft
9/1/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft chooses one of the many exciting games played in the prelims of the Aimchess US Rapid tournament — Daniel Naroditsky’s impressive attacking win over Wesley So. | 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 #479

The Aimchess US rapid preliminaries were impressively won by Artemiev, half a point ahead of Carlsen and a full point ahead of Firouzja and Aronian.

There were almost too many interesting games to choose from, but we felt Naroditsky deserves special mention. With Black he played several interesting King’s Indian games, and our Game of the Week is his subtle opening play followed by an impressive attack with the white pieces against So.

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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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