Game of the Week #585: Vidit vs. MVL

by Merijn van Delft
9/16/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #584, Merijn Van Delft analyses a typical win by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave — the winner of the Tata Steel India Rapid event showed his ability to deal with complicated positions in his game with black against Vidit Gujrathi! | 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 #585

Last week we mentioned that the Tata Steel India Rapid event in Kolkata produced a lot of interesting top-level fighting games, so we decided to pick a game by the tournament winner, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who is actually number four in the rapid-chess world ranking.

MVL’s win in the third round, with Black, against Vidit is a very characteristic one. Sacrificing a lot of material objectively led to a lost position — but MVL thrives on these positions and eventually won!

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

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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.