Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Attacking in a Ragozin-Hybrid

by Robert Ris
8/11/2022 – This week Robert Ris will have a look at a fine attacking game by Max Warmerdam. The young Dutch Grandmaster used a popular line of a Ragozin-Hybrid to play one of the most spectacular games of the Chess Olympiad in Chennai. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Attacking the king

One of the most spectacular kingside attacks from the Olympiad occured in the game Kantor-Warmerdam. In a trendy line of the Exchange Variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined Black opted for the ambitious 5...Bb4, leading to positions similar to those seen in the Ragozin Variation.

For a long time it was thought that the fact that White's knight is on g1 (instead of f3, as in the Ragozin) offers White more options to develop the knight via e2. But recently, new resources have been found for Black to sharpen the fight and various young top guns like Gukesh and Abdusatorrov (the stars of the Olympiad!) have shown the path for Black in this line.

Kantor opted for the relatively solid trade of bishop for knight, but as you will see in the game White's position isn't without danger.

Exercise: White's last move 20.h3 is a serious mistake, do you see why?

 

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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.
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