Game of the Week #609: D. Dubov vs A. Giri

by Merijn van Delft
3/7/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft delves into the depths of modern theory and looks at a Grünfeld line that Daniil Dubov and Anish Giri discussed at the Shenzhen tournament. | 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 #609

We are being spoilt at the moment with two top tournaments going on at the same time in Prague and Shenzhen. Almost too many spectacular games to choose from, so our Game of the Week could easily have been another game. However, Dubov-Giri stands out for one particular reason: it's extremely difficult to do anything against the rock-solid Giri, let alone beat him.

The novelty Dubov came up with on move 19 is fascinating, and the concept behind it even more so.

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

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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.