Game of the Week #544: J. Gustafsson vs S. Grigorian

by Merijn van Delft
12/1/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #544 Merijn van Delft presents a game in which the well-known commentator and streamer Jan Gustafsson demonstrated his attacking and his tactical skills. | 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 #544

Last weekend the German Bundesliga played rounds 3 and 4 of the current season and after the weekend four teams are still on 100%: SG Solingen, Schachfreunde Deizisau, OSG Baden-Baden and SC Vierheim.

Our "Game of the Week" was played by Jan Gustafsson, well-known commentator and one of Germany's strongest Grandmasters. As he is busy streaming and commentating, Jan at the moment does not play that often, but he is still famous for his deep opening knowledge and refined positional play. But against Spartak Grigorian he showed that he also knows how to attack and how to play spectular combinations.

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.