Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Well prepared and tactically alert

by Robert Ris
2/8/2024 – In his new Fast & Furious episode, Robert Ris takes a look at the final of the Chessable Masters, in which Magnus Carlsen won against Alireza Firouzja. But it was a close and exciting match, in which Firouzja showed how dangerous he is. | Fast & 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.

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I have a look at game 1 of the Chessable Master final between Magnus Carlsen and Alireza Firouzja. Against the Grunfeld Fianchetto Variation, Firouzja opted for the solid line ...c6-d5, but after the dynamic continuation 7.Nc3 dxc4 the board was soon on fire in a favourite line of the world number one.

Until move 17 the players followed an earlier game between Carlsen and Mamedyarov, but then Firouzja found an important improvement for Black.

This led to an incredibly complex position (one piece against three pawns), in which both sides had chances. One big mistake was enough to make the difference!

Exercise: What should White play?

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.
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