Game of the Week XV: Maghsoodloo, Parham (2676) vs. Mosadeghpour, Masoud (2498)

Game of the Week XV: Maghsoodloo, Parham (2676) vs. Mosadeghpour, Masoud (2498)

“I will make 40 good moves and if you are able to do the same, the game will end in a draw.”

Vasily Smyslov

There has been a fierce debate in the past about what the result of a chess game would be if both sides played all of the best moves. Now that millions of classical games have been analyzed and chess engines have improved, the consensus among chess professionals is that such a game should be drawn.

The philosophical approach of the 7th world champion, Vasily Smyslov, has become relevant to modern players’ approach. For instance, this approach is seen in the games of the current world champion, Magus Carlsen. He does not rush to force the game and instead pressures his opponent to make as many good moves as possible. Of course, he is not the only one who uses this approach and succeeds, which brings us to the Game of the Week.

Game of the Week is: Maghsoodloo, Parham vs. Mosadeghpour, Masoud 

Maghsoodloo demonstrated incredible performance during the most recent Iranian championship and won the tournament by 14 points out of 15 while not losing a single game. Congrats on this achievement!

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Grandmaster Vasif Durarbayli

Grandmaster Burak Firat

Edited by Della Almind

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