Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Beating the Gruenfeld

by Robert Ris
10/27/2023 – In the new episode of his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris takes a look at a game Parham Maghsoodloo and Markus Ragger played in the German Bundesliga and in which Maghsoodloo smashed Ragger's Gruenfeld in 24 moves. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In this week's episode I'll have a look at the game Maghsoodloo-Ragger, which lasted only 24 moves. Against the Grunfeld, White opted for the Exchange Variation with 7.Bc4 and Black chose the minor alternative 10...e6. Although the move is theoretically perfectly playable for Black, after 11.dxc5 Black failed to complete his development, as the light-squared bishop could not be brought into play. One mistake by Black was enough for the Iranian top player to launch a devastating attack.

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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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