Game of the Week #534: Gukesh vs. G. Jones

by Merijn van Delft
9/21/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #534 Merijn van Delft looks at a nice win by rising Indian star Gukesh who defeated English Grandmaster Gawain Jones in a fine attacking game played in the Spanish League. | 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 #534

While I'm coaching at the World Cadets Championships in Batumi, Georgia, my friend Max Warmerdam once more pointed out which game I should take as our Game of the Week. It is not from the Julius Baer Generation Cup, where the Carlsen-Niemann story continues, but a beautiful game from the Spanish League. Rising superstar Gukesh, now 16 years old and number 18 in the world, beat Gawain Jones in a lovely game.

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.