Game of the Week #517: Levon Aronian vs Vishy Anand

by Merijn van Delft
5/25/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #517, Merijn van Delft shows how 52-year old former World Champion Vishy Anand won a fine attacking game against Levon Aronian at the Superbet Rapid & Blitz in Warsaw, where Anand surprisingly won the rapid portion of the tournament. | 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 #517

The combined standings of the Superbet Rapid & Blitz in Warsaw was won by local star Duda, but the sensation of the tournament was former World Champion Anand's victory in the rapid part.

In the old days this would have been perfectly common, but at the age of 52 this is quite impressive. Several of his games were model games, but his energetic quick win with Black against Aronian stood out and is our Game of the Week.

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


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.

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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.