Game of the Week: A great Gruenfeld battle

by Merijn van Delft
12/25/2019 – This week IM Merijn van Delft looks back on an exciting and critical Grünfeld encounter from the FIDE Grand Prix in Jerusalem between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). Merijn is available on demand this week starting at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET / 4 PM EST).

Winning against the Grünfeld Winning against the Grünfeld

The Grünfeld is a highly dynamic opening in which Black's position often seems to hang together by a single thread; and yet, this apparently precarious equilibrium appears to be enough to make it entirely viable — up to the highest level.


Game of the Week #392

Last week I was not too impressed yet by the games of the FIDE Grand Prix in Jerusalem, but the Semi-final between Nepomniachtchi and MVL was an epic battle between two absolute elite players. Both of them are true experts on the Grünfeld, the opening that appeared in both games. Personally, I have been reading about the legendary Karpov-Kasparov matches in the past week, in which the Grünfeld also played a prominent role. We'll discuss how Nepomniachtchi managed to get the upper hand, which was key to winning the tournament.

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


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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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