Game of the Week #581: R. Praggnanandhaa vs F. Berkes

by Merijn van Delft
8/16/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #581, Merijn Van Delft shares a fantastic attacking game. Playing white against Ferenc Berkes, Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa combined great opening prep with imagination and a keen tactical eye! | 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 #581

As promised, we are returning to the World Cup, which is entering the final stage with eight players still in the running. Among them Carlsen, Caruana, and no less than four Indians!

Just like two weeks ago, Praggnanandhaa played a fantastic attacking game. Against Berkes he combined great opening prep in the French Advance Variation with imagination and a keen tactical eye. It takes the very best players to combine great results with amazing games.

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.
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