Game of the Week #527: Caruana vs Abdusattorov

by Merijn van Delft
8/4/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show Merijn van Delft looks at one of the most impressive games played in the Chess Olympiad 2022 in Chennai: Nodirbek Abdusattorov's convincing win against Fabiano Caruana with the black pieces. | 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 #527

The Olympiad is currently being held in India and the organizing country is playing with three strong teams. Gukesh is playing first board for India 2 and has a most impressive 6 out of 6 at the time of writing. Uzbekistan is also doing quite well, and we will study the most impressive individual result so far, Abdusattorov beating Caruana with the black pieces.

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.