Game of the Week #537: P. Harikrishna vs V. Anand

by Merijn van Delft
10/12/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #537 Merijn van Delft presents a game Pentala Harikrishna and Vishy Anand played at the European Club Cup in Mayrhofen, Austria. Harikrishna won with impressive technique. | 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 #537

The 37th European Club Cup in Mayrhofen was a lovely event in the Austrian mountains, with a great chess atmosphere in a healthy environment. From start to finish he Novy Bor Chess club was leading the field. Vidit started with 6 out of 6 and only lost in the last round.

But our Game of the Week is the crucial Indian encounter Harikrishna-Anand, which comes with some rivalry as I understood. While Anand no longer has anything to prove, this game still must have hurt, as Harikrishna created a technical masterpiece.

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.