Fast and Furious: The Yates variation of the Ruy Lopez

by Robert Ris
7/18/2019 – Russia-China duel: This episode of the Fast & Furious show considers the recent mini-match between Ding Liren and Dmitry Andreikin, which has been largely overshadowed by other events. The live show at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT) is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows.

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"Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love."

This week Dmitry Andreikin won a match against Ding Liren in Wenzhou (2½-1½). Ding Liren hardly loses any games — you probably remember his 100 game streak remaining undefeated. However, this week he simply got crushed by one of Andreikin's favourite systems: The Yates (no not that Yates but rather the English master Frederick Yates!) Variation (9.d4 instead of the more common 9.h3) of the Ruy Lopez.

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In an earlier game with Aryan Tari, Andreikin spotted a nice tactical idea. Can you find it as well?


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Robert is an International Master who mostly spends his time training and coaching talented youngsters. On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He is also a well-known ChessBase author who produced numerous DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine as well. Since 2015 he is the organizer of the Dutch Rapid Championships in his home town Amstelveen. He has started a YouTube channel with chess analysis as well.


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