Game of the Week #610: N. Abdusattorov vs P. Maghsoodloo

by Merijn van Delft
3/13/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft presents a real fighting game: Nodirbek Abdusattorov's win against Parham Maghsoodloo at the Prague Masters 2024. Both sides showed uncompromising fighting spirit, which led to a tense game full of unusual positions. | 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 #610

Nodirbek Abdusattorov won the very strong Prague Masters by an impressive 1.5 points to move up to 4th in the world rankings. The decisive game of the tournament came in the eighth round against Parham Maghsoodloo, which is our Game of the Week.

With Maghsoodloo trailing by half a point, both players fought hard for the win. It turned out to be a very special game, for which both players deservedly won the Best Game prize.

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

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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.