Game of the Week: Maxime Lagarde vs. Marin Bosiocic

by Merijn van Delft
9/9/2020 – In his "Game of the Week" show, Merijn van Delft takes a look at a theoretically interesting win which French Grandmaster Maxime Lagarde scored against the Sicilian Najdorf. | 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: Lennart Ootes

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Game of the Week #428

Top level chess mainly took place online in recent times, but this summer a few open tournaments did take place over the board. While browsing through this week's games, two fascinating wins by GM Maxime Lagarde in the Najdorf drew my attention. We will carefully study his win with 6.Bg5 against Marin Bosiocic, which is a great surprise weapon for White and is important homework for Najdorf fans with Black.

Maxime Lagarde (born 16 March 1994) is a Grandmaster from France. In 2019 he won the French Championship and with a current rating of 2657 he is number five on the French rating list and number 96 on the world's ranking list.

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Tactic Toolbox Najdorf

The aim of this DVD is to demonstrate the typical tactical themes of the Sicilian Najdorf and to improve your understanding of them, as well as to practice them with the interactive examples.

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Sicilian Najdorf 6.Bg5

There are few opening systems which have been undergoing such a fast and furious renaissance as the 6.Bg5 Variation of the Najdorf System. Inspired by Radjabov’s victories over Anand and Karjakin in 2006, a great number of games have been played since then, meaning that the theory has developed enormously. But even before then it stretched to such distant horizons that makes it all the more important to have someone who can explain the ideas which underlie the variations. That is exactly what Alexei Shirov does on his DVD.

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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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