Game of the Week #591: F. Svane vs T. Gharamian

by Merijn van Delft
10/26/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #591 Merijn Van Delft looks at an unusually creative attacking game played by German Grandmaster Frederik Svane against Tigran Gharamian in the Bundesliga. | 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 #591

Every now and then you come across a game that is not just grandmaster level, but extraordinarily creative. In the German Bundesliga Frederik Svane, now rated 2626, played such a game against Tigran Gharamian, who is an experienced strong grandmaster.

After a very abstract pawn sacrifice in the opening, both players were quickly on their own and had to solve unusual problems. As the game proceeded, the position became more challenging for both White and Black.

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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