The Albanian Erald Dervishi (b.1979) is a strong and talented grandmaster with a dynamic style that I like very much. However, one thing that I have noticed is a certain stubborness in his opening choice that might be more properly described as ‘bad taste’.
In the recently played game (yesterday!) from the Italian Team Championship Dervishi repeated a line that he had played not less than 15 times according to my database.
Curiously, this line has given him some very depressing results, and yesterday’s opponent, also a strong grandmaster (Saric) had no trouble at all dispatching him in quick order. Time to change your opening, Erald?
gm Dervishi – gm Saric 29.04.2019 (0-1)
One of the hardest parts of chess is giving up some of our childhood openings. I have no doubt that the only thing stopping Dervishi from getting his rating over 2600 is EXACTLY this opening variation!