Game of the Week: Alireza Firouzja vs. Garry Kasparov

by Merijn van Delft
9/16/2020 – In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a game from the Champions Showdown Chess 9LX Online Tournament: Garry Kasparov's win against Alireza Firouzja, the encounter between the oldest and the youngest participant of that tournament. | 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: Garry Kasparov playing Chess960 in Saint Louis 2018 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Game of the Week #429

Merijn van Delft: "This week we have something unusual: we are going to analyse a game from the Champions Showdown 9LX 2020. So for the first time in this show we will study a game with a different starting position. No worries, it's just a one time exception, but the pairing Firouzja-Kasparov was something I simply couldn't resist."
 

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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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