Game of the Week #583: Praggnanandhaa vs. Carlsen

by Merijn van Delft
9/1/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #583, Merijn Van Delft analyses one of the wins that gave Magnus Carlsen his first-ever triumph in a World Cup. | 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 #583

It is the fourth time in five weeks that we will study a game by Praggnanandhaa. This time around he did not win, but what an amazing run by the young superstar from India it was! In the World Cup final against Magnus Carlsen he comfortably drew both classical games, after which the tiebreak was going to decide everything.

After knocking out Nakamura and Caruana earlier in the event, Pragg had every reason to be confident, but Magnus Carlsen turned out to be still in a class of his own.

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

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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.