Game of the Week XXIII: Caruana, Fabiano (2820) – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (2770)

Game of the Week XXIII- Caruana,Fabiano (2820) - Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar (2770)

Show me your favorite chess ideas, I will tell you who you are. Of course, you must be a famous chess player for me to satisfy this. 

It is an interesting phenomenon that every player has a unique approach to the game. If you pay close attention to the players’ games, you will recognize some patterns emerging. To make matters simpler, I will provide an example of this from my good friend and former world number 2, Shakriyar Mamedyarov, who is featured as the winning player in this week’s Game of the Week.

The main idea of this game was screenshotted and sent to me by several of my chess friends, but it did not surprise me whatsoever since I have seen it many times in Mamedyarov’s games. The idea was even used against me once! I recall the moment during our game where I was certain that he would play g7-g5, even though it should not have been good for him. (At least I used to evaluate that way. Now, the engine says it is just equal)

Mamedyarov likes to play on his own terms. He creates complications and attacks without worrying much about the objective evaluation of the position. He especially prefers to push the g pawn two squares forward if he gets a chance, whether playing with White or Black.

Game of the Week is: Caruana, Fabiano vs. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

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Grandmaster Vasif Durarbayli

Edited by Della Almind

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