Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: 14-year old Eline Roebers beats Grandmaster

by Robert Ris
5/27/2021 – This week, the well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris shows how 14-year old Eline Roebers (Elo 2066) defeated the Greek Grandmaster Athanasios Mastrovasilis in round 1 of the European Hybrid Qualifier. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The European Hybrid Qualifier for the World Cup is taking place this week. As her trainer, I was very pleased to see that my student Eline Roebers (World Champion Girls U14 last year) had been given a wildcard by the Dutch Federation to get more experience playing against a grandmaster.

In round 1 of the knock-out competition she played against the the experienced Greek GM Athanasios Mastrovasilis. Eline lost the first game of the two-game match with Black but in the second game she had White and introduced a novelty on move 10 in the Scotch Opening.

To be honest, it wasn't a great idea objectively speaking, but one which set massive problems for her opponent. Eline then didn't show any fear and managed to win in great style.

The two blitz-games in the tie-break also ended 1-1 but then Eline won the Armageddon game convincingly and advanced to the second round.

In this week's Fast & Furious show special attention will be paid to White's attacking ideas in the Scotch with 4...Bc5 5.Nb3.

Here's a warm-up: Black has just taken with his rook the bishop on d3. What is his idea and how should White react?


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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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