Game of the Week #600: M. Carlsen vs T. Gareyev

by Merijn van Delft
12/29/2023 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merin van Delft analyses one of the wins that gave Magnus Carlsen his fifth World Rapid Championship title, an interesting battle against blindfold-chess expert Timur Gareyev. | 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 #600

The World Rapid Championship in Samarkand saw Magnus Carlsen grabbing his fifth tite in this category

The amount of surprising results between established elite players and relatively unknown players was remarkable, however. The game Carlsen won in the fifth round against blindfold simultaneous expert Timur Gareyev was interesting for a few reasons: it was a model game in trademark Carlsen style, despite not refuting Black’s topical and ambitious opening play.

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.