Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A new direction in the Queen's Gambit Declined

by Robert Ris
8/12/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at a fascinating game in which Black tried new ways in the Queen's Gambit Declined - which led to a little brilliancy. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The most spectacular game of the week was probably played in the Smyslov Memorial in Moscow between the young Russian GMs Sarana and Paravyan.

In a Queen's Gambit Declined Black ventured the rare 4...Ne4!? and soon the fascinating material imbalance of rook, bishop and knight vs. a queen appeared on the board.

In the game the queen caused White a lot of problems to complete development and with a few energetic moves Black managed to decide the game in only 22 moves. Not quite a typical solid QGD, but an absolute masterpiece every chess fan will cherish! 

Exercise: It is Black to play. What would you do?


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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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