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Game Of the Week: GM Nepomniachtchi vs. GM Sjugirov

Game Of the Week: GM Nepomniachtchi vs. GM Sjugirov

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GM Nepomniachtchi vs. GM Sjugirov

Opening: B90: Sicilian: Najdorf

Player(s): Nepomniachtchi, Sjugirov

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Beautiful attacks are rightly celebrated, as a successful attack often produces an aesthetic finish. A successful defense often suggests unbridled play by the opponent. Before a game is concluded, there are moments when victory might go in either direction.
Defense is difficult, and one or two errors can make a game appear much more one-sided than it actually was. Consider the game contested in the Russian Team Championship between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Sanan Sjugirov. You are going to like the finish, but deeper analysis indicates tenser moments in earlier play.

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