Fast and Furious Firouzja

by Robert Ris
10/31/2019 – The traditional chess festival in Hoogeveen concluded last weekend and IM Robert Ris was impressed by Iranian super-talent Alireza Firouzja. Tune into the live show at 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET / 2 PM EDT) which 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. In the diagram, it's White to play and win!

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The match between Alireza Firouzja and Jorge Cori, played in Hoogeveen last week was a treat for the audience. In the sixth and last game of the match the Iranian star won a spectacular game playing the Budapest Gambit (1.d4 ♞f6 2.c4 e5), using the Drimer Rook-lift (...a5, ♜a8-a6-h6). In tonight's show we will have a look at some thematic ideas for both sides in this opening variation, which perhaps isn't as bad for Black as its reputation!? 

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A preview

Warming-up exercise: Firouzja had a powerful attack, but in the following position Cori missed a chance to survive Black's assault and take over the initiative. Do you see White's best continuation?


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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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