Game of the Week: Giri-Harikrishna

by Merijn van Delft
4/24/2019 – 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: Giri vs Harikrishna from the ongoing Shenzhen Masters. 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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This week there are several interesting tournaments at the same time. Personally, I'm still recovering from the Grenke Open, which is a very intense tournament with two games a day.

The cool thing is that while playing your own game, it was possible to follow the games from the Grenke Chess Classic on big screens in the playing hall. Magnus Carlsen is playing phenomenal chess again and Vishy Anand is also doing very well.

Meanwhile, in China, at the 3rd Du Te Cup, Harikrisha was on fire with four consecutive wins. Tonight our main game will be Giri vs Harikrishna, in which two players with similar styles met in the second round. (Replay the full game below.) Their Round 7 game today was a draw.

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?


White to move

This week's show

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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