Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Ding’s English Opening in Astana

by Robert Ris
4/14/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris looks at game 4 of the World Championship match in Astana. Ding Liren’s opening choice was excellent, as his decision to enter a relatively unknown line from the English Opening worked wonders. | 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 I will analyse the fourth game of the match between Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi. White’s opening choice was excellent, exploring a relatively unknown line from the English Opening. Black’s response wasn’t optimal, and soon White got the upper hand thanks to an impressive pawn centre.

I will have a closer look at the entire game, emphasizing the opening stage while pointing out in which directions the theory is likely to be developed.

Exercise: What is the refutation of Black’s last move?


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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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