Game of the Week 489: F. Caruana vs A. Firouzja

by Merijn van Delft
11/12/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at the direct clash between Fabiano Caruana and Alireza Firouzja, who got spots in the next Candidates Tournament at the Grand Swiss in Riga. A top-notch struggle indeed! | 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 #489

The Grand Swiss tournament in Riga came to an end — and what an amazing ride it was! It is certainly of historical significance that 18-year-old Alireza Firouzja won the tournament and together with Fabiano Caruana qualified for the next Candidates. In a few weeks, the World Championship match Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi will start, while Ding Liren completes the current top 5 of the world.

Anyways, of course, the direct clash between Caruana and Firouzja is our Game of the Week.

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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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