Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Four queens in the Geller Gambit

by Robert Ris
11/11/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at a game between Boris Gelfand and Sergei Movsesian from the Grand Swiss in Riga. It was a fantastic battle, with four queens appearing on the board as early as on move 11. Not to be missed! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Former World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand faced Sergei Movsesian in round 9 of the Grand Swiss in Riga. Instead of going for the main lines out of a Slav Defence, Gelfand opted for a sharp line of the Geller Gambit. As early as on move 11, four queens had appeared on the board. Eventually, Gelfand prevailed after what was a fierce, memorable tactical battle.

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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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