Game of the Week #616: Gukesh vs A. Firouzja

by Merijn van Delft
4/25/2024 – In his Game of the Week show #616, Merijn van Delft takes a look at the crucial game Gukesh won in the penultimate round of the Candidates against Alireza Firouzja - a game which helped Gukesh to win the Candidates Tournament 2024. | 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 #616

A historic Candidates tournament has come to an end and the surprise winner is 17-year-old Gukesh from India. Nepomniachtchi was in the (shared) lead for most of the event and Caruana made an impressive comeback towards the end, but their epic final round encounter didn't have a winner. Caruana had several opportunities to win, but Nepo escaped.

Meanwhile, Gukesh kept his cool throughout the tournament. Our game of the week is his win in the penultimate round against Firouzja.

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.
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