Game of the Week: Anish Giri vs Ian Nepomniachtchi

by Merijn van Delft
3/24/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes another look at the relatively new and highly fascinating 7.g4 variation in the Taimanov Sicilian, a line which Anish Giri used to win a crucial game against Ian Nepomniachtchi in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational. | 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.

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Game of the Week #456

Anish Giri won the Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, which is very impressive after his disappointing Tata finish and with the Candidates coming up. While Giri has a reputation of a safety first player, he consistently played dynamic 1.e4 lines with White and the sharp Najdorf with Black.

In the final against Nepomniachtchi Giri first played 7.Nxc6!? against the Taimanov, but it seems that he forgot his preparation. When it counted most, he tried the new 7.g4! variation, which we studied last week by looking at a game of Nils Grandelius. Just like Grandelius Giri went on to win a smooth 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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