Game of the Week #528: Caruana vs Gukesh

by Merijn van Delft
8/10/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #528 Merijn van Delft looks at another impressive game played at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai: Gukesh's convincing win with Black against Fabiano Caruana. | 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 #528

The Olympiad was an amazing event with gold for Uzbekistan led by Abdusattorov, silver for Armenia led by Sargissian and bronze for India 2 led by Gukesh. The finish was dramatic with Abdusattorov beating Gukesh from a lost position.

Last week we studied Abdusattorov's win against Caruana and this week we will see how Gukesh also managed to beat Caruana.

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.