Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A model game in the Catalan

by Robert Ris
8/11/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris looks at a model game in the Catalan, which Hakobyan and Bok played at the Summer Chess Classic-A 2023 in Saint Louis. | Fast & 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.


This week I'll have a look at the game Hakobyan-Bok played in Saint Louis which is an absolute modelgame with the Catalan Opening. Typically White sacrificed a pawn for long term positional compensation by pressuring the backward pawn on the c-file, not allowing Black to break free anytime. A second front was created on the other side of the board and very soon Black's position collapsed. A modern classic!

Exercise: How would you proceed here with White?

Feel free to move the pieces on the live diagram!

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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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