Game of the Week VI: Dominguez Perez, Leinier (2752) – So, Wesley (2772)

Game of the Week VI- Dominguez Perez,Leinier (2752) - So,Wesley (2772)

Game of the Week is back after a brief break! Weeks 5, 6, and 7 will be posted over the next few days. Thank you for your patience.

This week was rich with complex chess games. In particular, both the 1st stage of the FIDE Grand Prix in Berlin and the Azerbaijan Championship in Nakhchivan provided us with interesting opportunities for analysis. Before diving into our topic, let’s look at two positions:

This week, there are two possible candidates for the Game of the Week. Both of them teach us the following things:

  1. When closed positions open, the difference in the position of the pieces becomes a decisive factor. Therefore, players must be ready for pawn structure transformations and transitions.
  2. As a result of the first point above, closed positions should be played as the default. In other words, the nature of a closed position doesn’t give any opportunity to violate the basic rules of the game, such as the development of all pieces into the best positions.

The following game might have been chosen as the Game of the Week, but the opening variation was dubious: 

Although it is not typical for us to choose the best game from  non-classical disciplines (i.e. rapid, blitz), the performance of White in the Game of the Week was accurate, instructive, and excellent overall. Pay attention to how White uses trades to get and increase their advantage.

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Game of the Week VI- Dominguez vs. So

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Please note that Game of the Week will cover games played from Saturday to Saturday of each week, and any games played on Sunday will go to the next week. See you next Sunday! 


GM Ulvi Bajarani

Edited by Della Almind

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