Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A fascinating tactical battle

by Robert Ris
1/28/2023 – In his "Fast & Furious" show, Robert Ris goes over the exciting tactical battle played by Indian prodigies Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa at the Tata Steel Masters! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In this video course, twenty-nine examples with multiple questions are presented in the interactive format, which is ideal for a range of playing strengths. Step by step you will be taken through the complex positions.


In last week's show, I covered the true masterpiece Giri-Gukesh, which was won by the Dutchman in only 27 moves.

The Indian youngster was clearly suffering in the first week of the event, but now has found his way back into the tournament. His game with the white pieces against Praggnanandhaa was a fascinating tactical fight. In a well-known line of the Symmetrical English Opening, he used the idea 10.Rg1!?, which had been played only once before, by Anish Giri. The ensuing complications were absolutely insane and impossible to work out over the board. Not surprisingly both sides committed some clear mistakes, but this time Gukesh was more fortunate than his opponent.

Exercise: Pragg went for a 42-minute think at this point, and eventually made a serious error. How would you proceed with Black?


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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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