Game of the Week #608: P. Maghsoodloo vs Praggnanandhaa

by Merijn van Delft
3/1/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft analyses a fine attacking game Parham Maghsoodloo played at the Prague Festival against Praggnanandhaa. | 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 #608

The 6th edition of the Prague International Chess Festival has started and the field is very attractive with most members of the new generation of world class players participating. After two rounds Maghsoodloo, who lost a lot of rating in Wijk aan Zee, is the sole leader. His big fight against Praggnanandha in round two is our game of the week.

It was a lovely clash of styles and in the end all the risks paid off.

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

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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.