Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: a fascinating opening battle

by Robert Ris
10/29/2020 – In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the fascinating opening battle that occurred in a game between Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Aryan Tari from the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament. | "Fast and Furious" is available from 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET / 16:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The Schliemann Deferred: a real weapon or just a bluff?

Robert Ris: "The game Duda-Tari from the Norway Chess tournament was a very short affair which ended in White's favour. The young Norwegian player had attempted to surprise his opponent with a very unusual sideline in the Ruy Lopez: after 3....a6 4.Ba4 he went for 4...f5, the so-called Schliemann Deferred.

For many years this line has had a very dubious reputation and it is rarely seen at top level. Its reappearance surprised me: Did Black tried to bluff his opponent or are new developments going on? In this new episode of the Fast & Furious show I have a closer look at the present game and share my analyses of this fascinating opening battle with the viewer."

Warming up exercise: Black's last move 11....f4? is a mistake. Do you see why?


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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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