Game of the Week #567: Gukesh vs Keymer

by Merijn van Delft
5/11/2023 – With a current rating of 2732, 16-year-old Indian grandmaster Gukesh D is ranked 18th in the world. He is an all-round player with impressive attacking skills, which he again showed in a recent game against Vincent Keymer. In his Game of the Week show #567, Merijn van Delft takes a closer look at this fine example of attacking play. | Merijn’s show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

Attack like a Super Grandmaster Attack like a Super Grandmaster

In this Fritztrainer: “Attack like a Super GM” with Gukesh we touch upon all aspects of his play, with special emphasis on how you can become a better attacking player.


Game of the Week #567

At the moment there are several interesting top tournaments running. In the Superbet Chess Classic Ding and Nepo meet again after their exciting World Championship Match, and in the TePe Sigeman & Co tournament in Malmö, Sweden, the young talents showed their skills.

The game we liked the most from the Sigeman & Co tournament is the very instructive strategical performance by Gukesh versus Keymer from round two. A tricky novelty was followed by systematic improvement of the position, leading to a lethal attack.

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.