Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A nice miniature!

by Robert Ris
5/12/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris presents a nice miniature which was played at the Baku Open. In the game White tried the Alapin (1.e4 c5 2.c3) against the Sicilian and won surprisingly quickly. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The 16-move miniature played at the Baku Open between Balajayeva and Harsha deserves a closer look. In a Sicilian Alapin, Black didn't coordinate the pieces in time and was lost after only 9 moves. An absolute rarity at this level!

But the game contained many fascinating tactical ideas, so it's perfect for this week's episode!

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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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