Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Ding and Nepo play the English

by Robert Ris
4/27/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris uses game 10 of the World Championship match as a starting point to explore the status of theory in the English Opening. Unmissable. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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I have a closer look at the tenth game of the World Championship match. In the English Opening, Ding deviated with 4.e4 from 4.e3, which he had successfully employed in game 4. Nepo was very well-prepared and caught Ding by surprise with 9...Bc5!?. Thanks to an online game he played back in 2020, he managed to neutralize White’s initiative quite comfortably.

Now I will share an update on the position after 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.e4 Bc5 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.d4 Bb4 7.dxe5 Nxe4 8.Qf3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 and evaluate the current status of Nepo’s move as well as the main alternatives 9...Ba5 and 9...Be7.

Exercise: How should Black try to untangle?

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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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