Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Beating Carlsen with the Anti-Sveshnikov!

by Robert Ris
12/14/2023 – In the new episode of his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris takes a look at the brilliancy Wesley So won against Magnus Carlsen in the finals of the Champions Chess Tour in Toronto. A theoretically important and really impressive attacking game! | 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.


This week's topic is Wesley So's spectacular victory over Magnus Carlsen with the Anti-Sveshnikov. Against Magnus' favourite line 4...g6 So had prepared a new idea and soon obtained very promising play on the kingside.

Although Black's position still looked good for a while, the pressure of the Armageddon format (Magnus started with much less time) could be felt after So's daring piece sacrifice! After missing a few opportunities to stay in the game, Magnus quickly collapsed.

Exercise: Can you see Wesley's So creative idea to initiate a very dangerous attack?

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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Davidx1 Davidx1 12/14/2023 11:20
We would all like to beat Carlsen and that's it, he is the champion who reveals to us that we are in a phase of flattening towards a draw, of distribution of technique, of "democratization" of chess.
In fact he doesn't always prove to be superior to Kasparov in terms of rating, he comes and goes.