Game of the Week #575: A. Giri vs B. Bok

by Merijn van Delft
7/6/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #575 Merijn van Delft takes a look at the Dutch Championships, in which Anish Giri once again impressed with fine play and superb preparation. | 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 #575

The Dutch Chess Federation is celebrating its 150th anniversary and to mark the occasion Anish Giri has decided to play the Dutch Championship for the first time in many years. Jorden van Foreest is also playing and the KO format guarantees a spectacular event.

So far, the piece sacrifice that Max Warmerdam prepared in the Zaitsev deserves mention, but our game of the week is the nasty piece of home preparation that Giri played in the Catalan against Benjamin Bok.

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

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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.