Game of the Week: Alireza Firouza vs Jan-Krzysztof Duda

by Merijn van Delft
10/21/2020 – In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a highlight from the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament: Alireza's convincing win Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the final round. | Merijn's show is freely available at 15.00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 EDT) for a limited time, and on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Game of the Week #434

Merijn van Delft: "The highly impressive Norway Chess tournament has come to an end. World Champion Magnus Carlsen showed who is still the boss, but things were rather close, as Firouzja followed closely. The tournament was decided by a dramatic blunder in a king and pawn endgame. We will study Firouzja's crystal clear technical performance in the final round against Duda."

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Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5

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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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