Game of the Week: A. Giri vs A. Shirov, Hoogeveen 2014

by Merijn van Delft
3/3/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game in which Anish Giri enriched opening theory and showed his attacking skills against Alexei Shirov. | Merijn's show is available at 16.00 UTC (17:00 CET, 12:00 EDT) and on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Alina l'Ami

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Game of the Week #453

Top level chess is on hold this week, both offline and online. This may be the case a few more times as long as corona is still there. Fortunately, chess has a very rich history, so in these cases we will simply select an important historical game. This week we will study the game A. Giri vs A. Shirov, Hoogeveen 2014, which is a landmark game in the theory of the Sicilian Sveshnikov. We will summarize all the important details and show how this game influenced the way the opening is now played.

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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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