Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Lu Miaoyi, aged 12, wins amazing miniature

by Robert Ris
11/4/2022 – This week Robert Ris goes over a splendid 18-move game, in which 12-year-old Chinese prodigy Lu Miaoyi showcases a hyper-aggressive style to obtain a remarkable victory. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Yet another Chinese prodigy

The 12-year-old Lu Miaoyi made headlines this week by defeating Armenian IM Lilit Mkrtchian in the last round of the Serbian Women’s League in just 18 moves!

Against the Steinitz Variation of the French, the Chinese prodigy opted for the rare but hyper-agressive 5.Qg4!? and caught her Armenian opponent by surprise. White sacrificed a rook and developed a powerful attack with a number of very precise and goal-oriented moves.

Definitely one of the most impressive miniatures I have seen for a while!

Exercise: White has sacrificed her rook on a1. Do you see the follow-up?


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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.