Game of the Week #552: M. Carlsen vs N. Abdusattorov

by Merijn van Delft
1/26/2023 – In his “Game of the Week” show #552, Merijn van Delft analyses the all-important victory that Nodirbek Abdusattorov obtained (with black) over Magnus Carlsen at the Tata Steel Masters 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 #552

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee is approaching the final weekend and Nodirbek Abdusattorov is still in the lead with 7 out of 10, half a point ahead of Anish Giri. The cool thing is that they will face each other on Friday (Giri with white).

Last week we studied how Giri managed to beat Magnus Carlsen, and in this Game of the Week we’ll see how Abdusattorov managed to do the same thing, with the black pieces, impressively.

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


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.