Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A new concept in the Ragozin

by Robert Ris
1/19/2023 – In his "Fast & Furious" show Robert Ris presents a new concept for White in the Ragozin. It was prepared by Anish Giri who used it to beat Gukesh at the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee in great style. | "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.


Robert Ris: "Anish Giri is having a great tournament in Wijk aan Zee so far with 3 out of 4. His two victories with the white pieces were particularly impressive. In his game with Gukesh he introduced a new concept in the Ragozin Defence by developing the queens rook along the second rank (14.Rc2!?) intending either go to d2 supporting the d-pawn or to e2 from where it exerts tremendous pressure along the e-file. Caught by surprise, Gukesh wasn't able to come up with a good antidote and got crushed in just only 27 moves!"

Exercise: All White's pieces are well placed. It's time to strike!


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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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