Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: 15-year old Eline Roeber wins Untergrombach Open

by Robert Ris
1/13/2022 – Last week, 15-year old Eline Roeber from the Netherlands surprisingly won the Untergrombach Open in Germany. Eline is a student of Robert Ris, and in his "Fast & Furious" show the experienced trainer takes a look at the crucial game of the tournament in Untergrombach: Eline's turbulent win against Russian Grandmaster Vyacheslav Ikonnikov. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

London System London System

By playing the London System, with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4, White can avoid a theoretical discussion and instead use natural ability plus a knowledge of plans. The weight of the struggle tends to shift towards the middlegame, but White can also pull off devastatingly quick wins should Black be unaware of the dangers.


Last week my 15-year old student Eline Roebers managed to win the Untergrombach Open. Entering the final round she had a score of 5.5 out of 6, and was half a point ahead of the field.

In the direct encounter with her biggest rival, she managed to cause a big upset by defeating the experienced Russian GM Ikonnikov in a turbulent game with the Semi-Slav. In timetrouble Ikonnikov spoilt a winning position, after which Eline was able to convert her advantage convincingly.

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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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