Game of the Week: Topalov vs Amin

by Merijn van Delft
5/15/2019 – Ideas and strategies in Grandmaster games can be quite instructive. IM Merijn van Delft presents games like these every Wednesday. On this week's show: Topalov vs Amin from the Grand Chess Tour rapid/blitz tournament in Abidjan. The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit videos.chessbase.com/live or login via Playchess for Windows. Merijn is live at 18:00 UTC (20:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT).

The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian

The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian is one of the most popular and fascinating replies to 1.e4. Right from the beginning, Black is striving for active and dynamic counterplay, and this results in a double-edge struggle for the initiative. Dutch top grandmaster and six-times national champion Loek van Wely himself has played the Sveshnikov since 1998. On this DVD he comments on his latest encounters with world-class players like Shirov, Anand, Topalov and Kramnik, games which abound with combinatorial ideas and sacrifices; a feast for all fans of tactics.

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Game of the Week 362

The most fascinating tournament this week was the rapid/blitz elite event in Ivory Coast. Magnus Carlsen continued his recent domination by winning the rapid with 7.5 out of 9, but in the blitz he was only second after MVL. Carlsen's handling of minor piece issues and his magic Sveshnikov repertoire were remarkable again. Tonight we'll have a detailed look at Topalov-Amin, a game that has it all, both technically and psychologically.

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

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

 

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To chat, please visit videos.chessbase.com/live or login via Playchess for Windows. Merijn is  live at 18:00 UTC (20:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT).

 

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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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