Game of the Week #574: V. Anand vs L. Aronian

by Merijn van Delft
6/29/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #574 Merijn van Delft enjoys a fine technical game in the Ruy Lopez, which Vishy Anand won against Levon Aronian at the Global Chess League in Dubai. | 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 #574

The Global Chess League is taking place in Dubai, a super-strong rapid event, and several instructive games could have qualified for our Game of the Week, but in the end it was a fine performance by Anand who won an impressive technical game with the Ruy Lopez against the super-expert Aronian.

The most successful interpretation of the Ruy Lopez seems to be to avoid any sharp counterplay from Black and to aim for full control of the position. Anand shows how it's done.

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

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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.