Game of the Week #494: B. Gelfand vs G. Jones

by Merijn van Delft
12/15/2021 – This week, Merijn van Delft takes a looks at a theoretically interesting King's Indian, played by Boris Gelfand and Gawain Jones at the London Chess Classic 2021. | 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 #494

While Magnus Carlsen convincingly kept his World Champion title, our focus this week is the London Chess Classic, which saw the World team beating England after an exciting last round.

One of the decisive games was the theoretically highly important game Gelfand-Jones, which puts the traditional way of playing the King's Indian with 7...Nc6 under further pressure. The key strategy is full of modern prophylatic moves and positional pawn sacrifices.

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


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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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