Game of the Week #505: A. Grischuk vs D. Andreikin

by Merijn van Delft
3/3/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft looks at the interesting Sicilian A. Grischuk and D. Andreikin played in the first round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Belgrade. | 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 #505

The second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix has started in Belgrade, which means a bunch of interesting top level games every day. Two spots in the Candidates are at stake, so the tension is quite high.

In the very first round there were already some important decisive games, including the complicated Sicilian battle between Grischuk and Andreikin, which 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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