Game of the Week #599: S. Sjugirov vs Gukesh

by Merijn van Delft
12/21/2023 – In his new game of the week show Merin van Delft takes a look at a game Sanan Sjugirov and Gukesh played at the Chennai Grand Masters Tournament in India - Gukesh impressed with calm and strong play. | 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 #599

There is some controversy about Firouzja playing some late games against much lower rated players in order to qualify for the Candidates by rating. While his games are eye-catching, we will instead focus on the Chennai Grand Masters.

Gukesh seems to have regained his equilibrium after his recent big rated loss and is leading with one round to go. His win against Sjugirov in round five was typical: a quiet start to the game and a dynamic game when the opportunity presents itself.

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

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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.