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3 Best Games of the Week - 43 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 03 December 2016 02:04

best games of the weekThis week’s edition features two victories in the Najdorf Sicilian by Ivanchuk & Gelfand from the European Club Cup competition and one crazy game played by the super strong GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in the Babarian Open.

Game #1:

Nisipeanu-Gopal: Interesting battle in the English opening. White chose to play a sharp continuation with the move h4 early in the opening which led to double edge play. Nisipeanu was at some point worse but as we can see in the game things were never easy and he managed not only to survive but to win the game.

Game #2:

Nijboer-Gelfand: Gelfand is one big specialist of the Najdorf variation in the Sicilian. In this game he faces the ultra-sharp 6.Bg5 line in which white goes all in for an attack against the black king.

Gelfand faced big difficulties and at some point was completely lost. It shows the danger black is always exposed to when playing such a sharp variation, no matter how strong and well prepared one is there is always danger. Nevertheless white made a couple mistakes in a winning position and black took over, that was it.

Game #3:

Van Foreest – Ivanchuk: Jordan Van Foreest is one of the most talented young players out there right now. Well prepared with a sharp tactical vision. In this game against Ivanchuk he chose to play Bartel’s line (6.Nb3) against the Najdorf.

A variation we wrote an article here for the chessworld a few months back. Ivanchuk introduced a new, logical way to play for black developing with Nbd7-b6 and achieved a great position out of the opening. However, as shown in the notes white still has resources and his chances seem no worse at all.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2016 02:42