Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Firouzja takes down the Berlin Wall

by Robert Ris
1/20/2024 – In a Fast & Furious episode coming from Wijk aan Zee, Robert Ris analyses the enjoyable victory obtained by Alireza Firouzja out of a Berlin Defence with 5.Re1. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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As a commentator in Wijk aan Zee for the Dutch audience, I enjoyed very much the game Firouzja v. Maghsoodloo.

In a Berlin with 5.Re1, White sacrificed two pawns for a powerful initiative. Maghsoodloo clearly messed up the move order and quickly found himself in a lost position. 

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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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