While the strongest players had been trying to outperform each other in the FIDE Grand Prix, some of the most interesting games of this week were actually played in the “non-elite” tournaments.
The following game might have been chosen as the Game of the Week, but the opening variation was dubious for Black:
While the game above was from the Slovakian Team Championship, the second possible candidate for the Game of the Week was the game from the Czech Republic Team Championship:
The chosen Game of the Week, where White instructively won the game, clearly demonstrates why it is necessary to create some dynamic when you have a bishop against a knight.
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GM Ulvi Bajarani
Edited by Della Almind