Game of the Week: Dubov vs Artemiev

by Johannes Fischer
6/24/2020 – In times when modern top players all have a fairly universal style, it is fascinating to see Daniil Dubov at work – he clearly has his own style. His game against Vladislav Artemiev at the Chessable Masters, in which he brought no less than three positional sacrifices, is perfect study material for Merijn van Delft's "Game of the Week". | Merijn's show is available at 15.00 UTC (17:00 CEST, 11:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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With a current rating of 2699 Daniil Dubov is officially number 38 on the FIDE world ranking list. The young Russian who at the age of 14 years, 11 months, and 14 days made his final grandmaster norm in 2011 is not only a great talent but he is also admired for his creative play.

Magnus Carlsen definitely had his reasons to invite Dubov to be part of his team at Carlsen's World Championship Match against Fabiano Caruana in London 2018. A few weeks after the match, in December 2018, Dubov became World Rapid Champion in St. Petersburg, ahead of Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Hikaru Nakamura.

And Dubov not only impresses with his results but also with the way he plays. The following spectacular win against Rasmus Svane at the European Team Championship 2019 in Georgia is just one particularly striking example.


Dubov is also famous for his opening novelties and his new opening concepts – a famous example is his stunning move 8...d5!? in the Anti-Marshall against Jonas Bjerre in round one of the European Team Championship.


At the Chessable Masters things at first went fine for Dubov but in the end he narrowly missed to qualify for the finals. Dubov, who came from winning the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge, caught Artemiev in the lead by beating him in round 7 and was still sharing first place before the penultimate round. But then all went wrong for the Russian — he lost to Carlsen and Nakamura, while Grischuk scored in a must-win situation to take him out on tiebreak criteria.

However, Dubov again played fascinating chess throughout the tournament and his win against Artemiev in round 7 is definitely one of the highlights of the Chessable Masters. In his show Merijn takes a closer look at this game.

But first warming-up question: What would you play here with White?


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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".


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