Game of the Week: Anish Giri vs Wang Hao, Candidates, Rd. 8

by Merijn van Delft
4/21/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes a look at the Candidates and presents the highlight of round 8: Anish Giri's fine win against Wang Hao. Instructive and pleasant. | Merijn's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The Candidates are as exciting as always, with Nepomniachtchi in the lead after nine rounds, while Caruana, Giri and MVL follow half a point behind.

Caruana did a huge job in round eight, closing the gap to the leaders by beating MVL in a heavyweight theoretical Najdorf battle.

On the very next day Giri showed his best chess against Wang Hao, a lovely strategical performance which we will study in this week's Game of the Week show.

Most likely the Candidates will be a very tense affair until the very last day.

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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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