Game of the Week 488: D. Dubov vs I. Saric

by Merijn van Delft
11/3/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at the game Daniil Dubov vs Ivan Saric from the Grand Swiss tournament in Riga. It's instructive, complicated and a lot of fun! | 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 #488

The Grand Swiss tournament in Riga is a joy to follow every day, with so many top players in action at the same time. 18-year old Firouzja is doing fantastic so far, which has put him on the fifth spot in the world rankings. MVL is also doing great, so after six rounds the two French players have good chances to qualify for the Candidates.

But our Game of the Week is Dubov-Saric, an amazingly complicated battle at the highest level.

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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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