Game of the Week #596: F. Caruana vs W. So

by Merijn van Delft
11/30/2023 – In his Game of the Week show #595, Merijn Van Delft takes a closer look at the marquee matchup between Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So from the Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis. | 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 #596

The Sinquefield Cup had a very slow start with draws in the first couple of rounds, but after that, the fireworks began to appear. With two Candidates spots still at stake (FIDE Circuit and rating) the tension became extremely high.

At this point, Alireza Firouzja and Anish Giri seem to be the unfortunate ones, while Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez seem to be on their way to getting the coveted spots, which would mean there would be four Americans in the Candidates next year! 

We will have a look at the top pairing, Caruana vs So, as our Game of the Week.

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.