Game of the Week #529: Raunak Sadhwani vs Leinier Dominguez

by Merijn van Delft
8/17/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #529 Merijn van Delft looks at another impressive game played at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai: Raunak Sadhwani's win against Leinier Dominguez, in which the young Indian managed to make the of life the American top player surprisingly difficult. | 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 #529

Since the Olympiad was such an historic event with Uzbekistan, Armenia and India 2 taking the medals, we're returning to it once more. Last week we saw Caruana-Gukesh and now we'll study a game from the very same match, Sadhwani-Dominguez.

It's notoriously difficult to achieve something with the white pieces against an elite GM playing the Najdorf, but Sadhwani managed to do so.

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.