Game of the Week #502: Aronian vs Vidit, Berlin, Grand Prix 2022

by Merijn van Delft
2/9/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #502 Merijn van Delft takes a look at the FIDE Grand Prix in Berlin, and shows how Levon Aronian defeated Vidit Gujrathi in the very first round of the tournament in a fine game that might prove crucial at the end. | 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 #502

The first leg of the FIDE Grand Prix is currently underway in Berlin, and it is a tremendously exciting event: generation clashes, fierce opening battles, and truely a lot at stake.

Nakamura is leading group A and this reactivates his rating. Wojtaszek surprisingly beat Rapport in the first round of group B. So is dominating the D group with his highly efficient chess.

Finally, Aronian is making a great comeback and his win against Vidit in the first round of group C 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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