Game of the Week #542: Duda vs Erigaisi

by Merijn van Delft
11/18/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #542 Merijn van Delft looks at a fascinating though not entirely correct game Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Arjun Erigaisi played at the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. | 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 #542

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals has started, with World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the line-up and several fascinating top level rapid games to choose from.

One of the most entertaining ones, and therefore our Game of the Week, is from the mini-match Duda-Erigaisi. What looked like a model game for White at first glance, in reality was an incorrect concept. While Erigaisi was well on his way to refute it convincingly, in the end Duda got what he wanted and went on to win.

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.