Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Burning the French

by Robert Ris
6/24/2024 – In his new Fast & Furious episode, Robert Ris shows how Chinese Grandmaster Tan Zhongyi, the winner of the Women's Candidates Tournament demolished a French Defense, in which Black was a bit too daring and reckless. | 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.


Robert Ris: "I have an in-depth look at the 21 moves crushing victory of Tan Zhongyi against Anna Zatonskih from the Cairns Cup. In the Burn Variation of the French, Black went pawn grabbing with the queen, but neglected her queenside development. With the aid of two instructive rook lifts White's kingside attack became irresistible."

Exercise: In the game Black took on d3 and quickly lost. But can you see White's brilliant idea after 17...Kh8?

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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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