Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A painful loss

by Robert Ris
11/10/2022 – This week Robert Ris presents one of his own games - a painful loss he suffered against GM Hugo ten Hertog in the Two Knights Variation of the Caro-Kann. | "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 the Dutch League I suffered a painful loss against GM Hugo ten Hertog. With the white pieces I opted for the Two Knights Variation (2.Nf3 & 3.Nc3) against the Caro-Kann, but Hugo came well prepared.

The moment I deviated from his analyses he started to think, sacrificed a bishop, a knight and then an exchange. Result: checkmate on move 25! A very convincing and impressive victory for him and a loss I won't easily forget

Exercise: Black has invested a piece. Do you see what Hugo had in mind here?


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.