Game of the Week #490: Alireza Firouzja vs M. Yilmaz

by Merijn van Delft
11/17/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a look at Alireza Firouzja and his "supermodern" chess which continues to bring the 18-year success: after winning the Grand Swiss in Riga he continues to score at the European Team Championship, and with a live-rating of 2793.3 he is currently the world's number three behind Magnus Carlsen (2855.9) and Ding Liren (2799.0), narrowly ahead of Fabiano Caruana (2792.3) and World Championship challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi (2782.0). | 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 #490

Right after winning the Grand Swiss, Firouzja continues to impress at the European Team Championship, playing first board for France. He entered the Highest Ever Ratings list with 2789.7, the exact same number Bobby Fischer reached 49 years ago.

Even more impressive than his results is Firouzja's style of play. He seems to play supermodern chess, with a very special way of handling king safety, playing the same amazing concept two days in a row.

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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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