Game of the Week #491: Alireza Firouzja vs Baadur Jobava

by Merijn van Delft
11/25/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes another look at Alireza Firouzja's impressive performance at the European Team Championship which helped him to become the youngest player ever to cross the 2800+ mark and that made him the current world's number two on the live-rating list. The game of the week is A. Firouzja vs B. Jobava. | 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 #491

Alireza Firouzja keeps amazing and has been dominating chess in the past couple of weeks. By scoring an incredible 8 out of 9 at the first board at the European Team Championship, he rised to second place in the world rankings at 18 years and 5 months of age, with only World Champion Magnus Carlsen ahead of him. All of his games are worth studying at the moment and we picked the legendary pairing Firouzja-Jobava as 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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