Game of the Week #518: Pragg vs Giri

by Merijn van Delft
6/2/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #518, Merijn van Delft takes a look how the 16-year old Indian talent Praggnanandhaa convincingly smashed Anish Giri's Grunfeld at the Chessable Masters. | 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 #518

The revelation of the Chessable Masters was clearly 16-year old Praggnanandhaa, who made it through the preliminaries while beating the World Champion along the way. Then he beat Wei Yi in the quarterfinals, Giri in the semifinals and only lost to Ding Liren in the finals after a nine game marathon.

The games were huge high level fights and there were several candidates for GOTW. In the end we picked the theoretically relevant win against Giri in the Grunfeld.

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


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.