Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Ding vs Nepomniachtchi: Attacking the Nimzo!

by Robert Ris
4/21/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris had an in-depth look at the "incredible" 8th game of the World Championship match. Ding opted for the Saemisch Variation (4.e3 & 5.a3) against the Nimzo-Indian and came well-prepared with the amazing concept of 9.Ra2!?, which only had been seen a few times before. This led to an exciting game, in which Ding, however, missed several chances to win. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Nepomniachtchi also seemed to be ready for the variation chosen by Ding, but probably mixed up the lines and made the first huge mistake. Ding had a few clear chances to seal the game, but once again let slip his advantage and with a stunning piece sacrifice Nepomniachtchi was eventually able to hold.

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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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