Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Bartel scores crushing win

by Robert Ris
9/30/2023 – In the latest edition of his Fast & Furious series, Robert Ris shows Mateusz Bartel’s spectacular win over Aryan Tari from the Polish Ekstraliga. Bartel only needed 18 moves to force his opponent’s resignation. | 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.


The man of the week is Polish GM Mateusz Bartel (2621) who performed an absolute incredible 8/9 in the Polish Ekstraliga, gaining 30 rating points!

In the eighth round, he crushed Aryan Tari in only 18 moves in spectacular fashion — an experience a lot of club players can relate to. In an Italian opening the concept of creating a half-open f-file with Be3, Bxe3, fxe3 worked very well.

A careless response by Black, underestimating the consequences of the typical sacrifice on f7 leading to a position with two minor pieces for the rook, enabled White to seize the initiative.

Exercise: How should White play now?

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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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