Game of the Week #584: Duda vs. Gukesh

by Merijn van Delft
9/7/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #584, Merijn Van Delft takes a look at a game Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Gukesh played at the FIDE World Rapid Team Championships in Düsseldorf, a fine example of defense and counterattack. | 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 #584

There was a lot of rapid chess going on this week with Tata Steel India, the Julius Baer Generation Cup and the World Rapid Team Championship. Too much to choose from, but in the end it was the fascinating game of Duda-Gukesh that caught our attention.

Gukesh was having a good tournament, but he ran into trouble against the number three in the world rapid rankings. The middlegame, which followed a trendy opening variation, proved very tricky for both sides.

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.