Game of the Week 484: Fighting the Dragon

by Merijn van Delft
10/13/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft shows a theoretically interesting game from the US Championship, in which Daniel Naroditsky tried the Dragon with Black against Darius Swiercz but soon had to defend an unpleasant endgame. It was a game that makes you wonder whether the Dragon is still playable. | 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 #485

The USA Championship is a tense affair, and after six rounds number one seed Caruana has only 2.5/6. The surprising leaders after six rounds are Aleksandr Lenderman and Ray Robson.

Our Game of the Week is the highly theoretical battle in the Sicilian Dragon between Darius Swiercz and Daniel Naroditsky. We will examine the eternal question: is this romantic opening still playable for Black?

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


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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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