Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: An aggressive weapon against the Queen's Gambit

by Robert Ris
4/29/2021 – In this week’s show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at an aggressive setup against the Queen's Gambit Declined, which Le Quang Liem used in the New in Chess Classic tournament to bring Hikaru Nakamura to the verge of defeat. | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The game Le Quang Liem-Nakamura from the knock-out stages of the New in Chess Classic online tournament features probably one of the most aggressive setups to challenge the Queen's Gambit Declined. With a quick launch of the h-pawn and setting up the devastating battery of bishop and queen on the b1-h7 diagonal White announces his ambitions to grab the opponent by the throat.

As we will see, the basic attacking ideas can be implemented easily, but finishing the game off is a much harder task which the Vietnamese failed to complete. Credits should be given to Nakamura's resilient defensive play which helped him to even steal the full point.

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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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