Game of the Week: Alireza Firouzja vs Murali Karthikeyan

by Merijn van Delft
6/12/2019 – At the moment several interesting tournaments are played and IM Merijn van Delft looks at a game between Alireza Firouzja vs Murali Karthikeyan. 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).

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The Sveshnikov Variation of the Sicilian Defence is considered one of the most promising replies to 1.e4, often giving rise to sharp and complex positions which require precise and inventive play from both sides. Thus, an opening tailor-made for Alexei Shirov (FIDE World Cup finalist in 2007), who has included it into his repertoire with both White and Black and knows the mutual tricks and traps all too well.

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Game of the Week 366

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:

Magnus Carlsen is convincingly leading Altibox Norway Chess, since he wins every armageddon tiebreak he ends up in. After the absolutely amazing third round, things have calmed down, as in the next three rounds alle classical games were drawn (with the exception of Grischuk's unnecessary loss). My favourite game of the week was played yesterday at the Asian Continental between Alireza Firouzja and Murali Karthikeyan, which we will study tonight.

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Warming-up question: What would you play here with Black?

 

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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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