Game of the Week: Carlsen-Grischuk

by Merijn van Delft
4/17/2019 – Ideas and strategies in Grandmaster games can be quite instructive. IM Merijn van Delft presents games like these every Wednesday at 18:00 UTC (20:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT). On this week's show: Magnus Carlsen's win over Alexander Grischuk from the last round of Shamkir. 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 or login via Playchess for Windows.

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Game of the Week 359

At this year's GAMMA Reykjavik Open, first place was shared by eight grandmasters, all rated above 2600, and each reaching an impressive 7 out of 9 score. The tournament winner by tiebreak was Romania's number 1 Constantin Lupulescu. Lawrence Trent looked at his sparking win over Alirez Firouzja in The Weekly Show, a strong candidate for Game of the Week, so Merijn has instead chosen Carlsen vs Grischuk from the last round of Shamkir. (Replay the full game below.)

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

Warm-up question: How would you take back on c5 here with Black?


Black to move

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To chat, please visit 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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