Game of the Week: M. Carlsen vs P. Svidler

by Merijn van Delft
7/1/2021 – This week Merijn van Delft takes a look how Magnus Carlsen surprised Peter Svidler - and chess fans around the world - with an unusual move in the starting position of the Najdorf Sicilian. | 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 #470

The Goldmoney Asian rapid is an inspiring event because the players are trying many different openings, also the risky ones. Lawrence has already talked about how the spectacular surprise of the tournament, Arjun Erigaisi, managed to qualify for the KO stage.

But our Game of the Week is Carlsen-Svidler, which featured yet another white option against the Najdorf. We also have a brief look at the subsequent game Svidler-Hou Yifan.

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


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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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