Game of the Week: Dvirnyy vs. Shirov

by Merijn van Delft
9/2/2020 – In his “Game of the Week” show, Merijn van Delft looks at yet another impressive attacking effort by “Fire on Board” author Alexei Shirov! | 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: Lars OA Hedlund

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Game of the Week #427

The FIDE Online Olympiad is a rich source of interesting games and tough battles. One of the most fascinating games, the game we will study in the 427th edition of the show, was played between Danyyl Dvirnyy (Italy) and Alexei Shirov (Spain). In the first part of the game, it was actually White who had the upper hand, but halfway into the struggle, the legend from Riga managed to grab the initiative and do what he does best.

Warming-up question: What would you play here with White?


The Solid Slav Defence

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The live show is free to watch for a limited time, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium accounts.

This week’s show

Fascinated by the French Winawer

The Winawer Variation in just 60 minutes - that can only work by reducing it to a clear repertoire for Black and, where possible, general recommendations rather than variations. Alexei Shirov was surprised at how quickly he managed to make of the French Winawer an opening he himself could play. And now he will let you share in his conclusions.

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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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