Game of the Week #549: Magnus Carlsen vs Parham Maghsoodloo

by Merijn van Delft
1/5/2023 – In his “Game of the Week” show #549 Merijn van Delft looks at a recent but historically important game: Magnus Carlsen's win against Parham Maghsoodloo in the last round of the Rapid World Championship 2022. Carlsen had to win and he outplayed Maghsoodloo in a fine mix of attack and defense. | 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 #549

World Champion Magnus Carlsen is going to lose his title in classical chess, but he managed to win both the World rapid and World blitz, so for now he holds all three titles. Combined with his consistently dominant position on the rating list, this cements his position as best player ever.

In the final round of the rapid championship against Parham Maghsoodloo he had to win and the way he delivered is impressive. The perfect combination of attack and defence resulted in a model game.

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.