Game of the Week #578: A. Erigaisi vs D. Navara

by Merijn van Delft
7/26/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #578, Merijn van Delft goes over a game that was as relevant theoretically as it was entertaining: a Sicilian Najdorf played by Arjun Erigaisi and David Navara in Biel! | 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 #578

The tournament in Biel is a bit complicated to follow due to the innovative scoring system, but after checking the classical games, one of them clearly stood out both in terms of theoretical relevance and entertainment value: Arjun Erigaisi vs David Navara.

In a highly relevant variation of the Sicilian Najdorf, White entered a very critical line (no spoilers). In the ensuing battle, both sides were winning at some point!

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.