Game of the Week #603: P. Maghsoodloo vs N. Abdusattorov

by Merijn van Delft
1/19/2024 – The chess world's attention is currently focused on Wijk aan Zee, which is once again proving to be a fascinating tournament, thanks to an interesting mix of top players, young talents and strong up-and-coming players. In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft also turns his attention to Wijk aan Zee and, on the advice of Anish Giri, analyses the clash between Parham Maghsoodloo and Nodirbek Abdusattorov - an intriguing battle. | 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 #603

The 86th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee has started and before the first rest day Dutch number one Anish Giri was leading with 3.5 out of 4, while World Champion Ding Liren was on 50%. We were going to make Giri-Gukesh our Game of the Week, but then Anish insisted that we take Maghsoodloo-Abdusattorov instead. And indeed, although the game is not without its flaws, it was 'a real game', as the tournament director said.

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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.