Game of the Week #507: A wild Sicilian: A. Pijpers vs A. Fier

by Merijn van Delft
3/17/2022 – In his "Game of the Week" show #507, Merijn van Delft takes a look at an entertaining and sharp Dragon Sicilian, in which Alexandr Fier showed that it is possible to sacrifice a lot of material if your attack is strong enough. | Merijn's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

Fritz 17 - The giant PC chess program, now with Fat Fritz Fritz 17 - The giant PC chess program, now with Fat Fritz

The most popular chess program offers you everything you will need as a dedicated chess enthusiast, with innovative training methods for amateurs and professionals alike.


Game of the Week #507

The second leg of the FIDE GP in Belgrade was impressively won by the Hungarian GM Richard Rapport, who has most likely secured a spot in the Candidates with that and has risen to number 7 in the world rankings.

Meanwhile, last weekend another round of the Dutch League was played and our attention was particularly drawn by the spectactular attacking game by two-time Brazilian champion Alexandr Fier against the strong Dutch IM Arthur Pijpers. Both players went all-in, with a wildly entertaining result.

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


Practical Chess Strategy: The Bishop

When it comes to strategy, one of the key things that chess professionals understand much better than amateur players is the role of the bishop which is the key theme on this video course.

This week’s show

The flexible Open Spanish

In this opening Black opts for active piece play and is not afraid to fight for the initiative from an early stage. One of the many good features of this opening is that Black is often the side which controls the pace of the game.

Watch previous shows

Recent shows

Many more Game of the Week shows are available in ChessBase Videos


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.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register