Game of the Week: Gukesh-Praggnanandhaa

by Merijn van Delft
6/16/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes a look at the game Gukush D. vs Praggnanandhaa, which ultimately decided the Gelfand Challenge, a rapid tournament, in which 20 of the world's best juniors (10 male, 10 female) faced each other in a round robin. | Merijn's show is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Game of the Week #468

The Gelfand Challenge 2021 was a great top level rapid event featuring the new generation. Half of the participants was female and they did quite well, considering the fact that it's not easy to battle with the top male talents.

Best ladies were Tingjie Lei and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, who played several impressive games. Our Game of the Week is the encounter from round 17 between the tournament winners: Gukesh-Praggnanandhaa.

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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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