Game of the Week #547: Alekseenko vs. Grigoryan

by Merijn van Delft
12/22/2022 – In his “Game of the Week” show #547 Merijn van Delft analyses one of Kirill Alekseenko’s victory from the Sitges tournament. Alekseenko combined positional play with good old attacking chess, making chess look easy in the process! | 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 #547

Kirill Alekseenko had a perfect start in the 9th Sunway Sitges tournament, winning game after game to concoct a phenomenal 7 out of 7 streak.

His diversity in playing styles is interesting to see, from positional play to straightforward attacking play. In the seventh round, facing Karen Grigoryan — who was just half a point behind — Alekseenko actually combined positional play with good old attacking chess, making chess look very easy in the process.

Warm-up question: What would you play here with White?

 

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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.
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