Game of the Week #592: S. Sevian vs J. Sindarov

by Merijn van Delft
11/2/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #592 Merijn Van Delft analyses how the young Uzbek grandmaster Javokhir Sindarov defeated US grandmaster Sam Sevian at the Grand Swiss Tournament with a dazzling attack on the black squares. | 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 #592

The Grand Swiss is an amazing tournament to watch with so many top players fighting for two candidate spots and basically the entire field rated above 2600. After six out of eleven rounds there is a group of eight players leading with 4.5 out of 6.

One of the players who stands out is Javokhir Sindarov, 17 years old and about to break the 2700 barrier. The common theme in his three black games so far has been domination of the dark squares and we will study the most impressive of these against Sevian.

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

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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.