Game of the Week #579: M. Lagarde - Praggnanandhaa

by Merijn van Delft
8/8/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #579, Merijn van Delft looks at an amazing attacking game the young Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa played in round 2 of the World Cup in Baku. | 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 #579

The World Cup in Baku is a great marathon event with an incredible amount of interesting games to choose from.

We decided to pick Praggnanandhaa's amazing attacking game from the second round against Lagarde. Pragg recently broke the 2700 barrier and at 17 years of age is another member of the new generation making it to the top of the world. The way Pragg carried out the attack qualifies it as his immortal game!

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

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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.