Game of the Week #559: A. Sarana - A. Korobov

by Merijn van Delft
3/16/2023 – In his “Game of the Week” show #559, Merijn van Delft looks at the game Alexey Sarana vs Anton Korobov, played at the European Championship in Vrnacka Banja. The game was instructive and tense and turned out to be crucial for the tournament. | 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 #559

Last week we saw the most impressive start of Anton Korobov at the individual European Championship. After 5 out of 5 he reached 7 out of 8, but then the big clash with Alexey Sarana followed, who was half a point behind.

Sarana has an equally massive positional style with tactical punch. Both the middlegame and the technical stage were very instructive, which makes it 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.