Game of the Week: Firouzja vs Carlsen

by Merijn van Delft
1/22/2020 – Once again live from the Wijk aan Zee studio, IM Merijn van Delft tackles the game from the Masters that was hotly anticipated: the first classical chess battle between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and rising phenom Alireza Firouzja. The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). Merijn is live this week starting at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET / 4 PM EST).

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Tonight we will have another look at the exciting Tata Steel chess tournament, live from the Wijk aan Zee studio. Firouzja recovered well from his loss against So and got back into the lead after beating both Giri and Xiong. The real test was waiting for him a bit later though, when he faced Carlsen and Caruana in a row. Tonight we will study the game between the World Champion and a possible future World Champion.

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

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


Merijn will explain in the show!

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To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows. Merijn is  live at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET / 4 PM EST).


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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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