Game of the Week #626: A. Firouzja - W. So, Bucharest 2024

by Merijn van Delft
7/4/2024 – In his new Game of the Week show, Merijn van Delft shows how Alireza Firouzja managed to win against Wesley So, a notoriously difficult player to beat, at the Superbet Romania Chess Classic 2024 in Bucharest. | Merijn’s show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

Attack like a Super Grandmaster Attack like a Super Grandmaster

In this Fritztrainer: “Attack like a Super GM” with Gukesh we touch upon all aspects of his play, with special emphasis on how you can become a better attacking player.


Game of the Week #626

Alireza Firouzja had a tough start to the Superbet Romania Chess Classic, losing from a good position with White to Caruana in the first round. In his subsequent games with White, he was able to create chances and did a great job, winning two of them. He impressively beat Abdusattorov from an Exchange Slav and our game of the week is his convincing win in the 4.a3 Nimzo-Indian against So, making the most of a very tricky opening novelty.

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

This week’s show

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.

Watch previous shows

Recent shows

Many more Game of the Week shows are available in ChessBase Videos


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.
Discussion and Feedback Submit your feedback to the editors