Game of the Week #543: Duda vs Giri

by Merijn van Delft
11/23/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #543 Merijn van Delft looks at a recently played brilliancy: Jan-Krzysztof Duda's spectacular win against Anish Giri at the finals of 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 #543

For this week's Game of the Week we'll return once more to the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Final, which was won by World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Last week we looked at a game by Duda in which he incorrectly sacrificed a piece against Erigaisi to get a pawn steamroller. This time we'll see Duda doing the very same thing against Giri, but now in a correct version, and what's more, he finished the game in remarkable fashion.

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.