Game of the Week #568: F. Caruana vs I. Nepomniachtchi

by Merijn van Delft
5/17/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #568, Merijn van Delft takes a look at Fabiano Caruana's fine win against Ian Nepomniachtchi at the Grand Chess Tour tournament in Bucharest. | 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 #568

The heavyweight Superbet Chess Classic was won by Caruana, half a point ahead of four other players, including World Championship super assistant Rapport.

It turned out that the tournament was really a bit too early for both Ding and Nepomniachtchi, who lost a valuable 9 and 15 rating points respectively. We are going to study the impressive technical performance by Caruana with the white pieces against Nepo from round four.

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.