Game of the Week #624: A. Erigaisi - R. Hovhannisyan, Jermuk 2024

by Merijn van Delft
6/20/2024 – Arjun Erigaisi is in splendid shape - in the last 12 months the Indian Grandmaster has gained 68 rating points and is now the world's number 4 in live-rankings, behind Carlsen, Nakamura and Caruana. In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft analyses how Erigaisi defeated Robert Hovhannisyan in the first round of the Stepan Avagyan Memorial in Jermuk, Armenia, a strong tournament, which Erigaisi won with 6.5/9, 1.5 points ahead of the field. | 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 #624

Arjun Erigaisi keeps rising in the world rankings. He is now number 4 and is working hard on closing the gap with number 3. His approach in the opening seems fairly random at first view, but everything is designed to surprise the opponent as much as possible and simply get a good game of chess. We will study his win against Armenian Grandmaster Robert Hovhannisyan in the first round of the tournament in Jermuk.

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

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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.
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