Game of the Week #601: A. Firouzja vs G. Kamsky

by Merijn van Delft
1/4/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merin van Delft takes a close look at the game that helped Alireza Firouzja to qualify for the Candidates 2024 in the very last minute: Firouzja's fine win against Gata Kamsky in the Rouen Open 2023, which Firouzja won with 7.0/7. | 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 #601

The matches that were organised to give Firouzja the chance to gain some crucial rating points to qualify for the Candidates seem not to have been accepted by FIDE. In a last attempt to gain these rating points anyway, Firouzja participated in the Rouen Open and managed to score the required 7 out of 7. We decided to analyse his six round win against the legendary Gata Kamsky as our game of the week. Black's opening play was very unfortunate and White won a model game.

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.
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