Game of the Week #551: A. Giri vs M. Carlsen

by Merijn van Delft
1/18/2023 – In his “Game of the Week” show #551 Merijn van Delft takes a look how Anish Giri won against Magnus Carlsen in round 4 of the Masters at the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. | 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 #551

Yesterday was a special day for Dutch chess fans as Anish Giri managed to convincingly beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Wijk aan Zee. Thought went back to 2011, when 16-year-old Giri beat 20-year-old Carlsen, also in Wijk aan Zee.

Yesterday Giri made the most out of a intriguing theoretical fight, which is our Game of the Week.

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.