Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The good old Scotch Gambit

by Robert Ris
10/13/2022 – This week Robert Ris will have a look at the good old Scotch Gambit, which was seen in the games Liang-Aronian (US Championship) and Mamedov-Anand (European Club Cup). In both games, Black got into some serious trouble, with Aronian even getting blown off the board! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In this week's show I am having a closer look at the good old Scotch Gambit, which was seen in the games Liang-Aronian (US Championship) and Mamedov-Anand (European Club Cup).

In both games Black got into some serious trouble, and Aronian even got blown off the board impressively. We are going to discuss the current state of this line with some historical background information, as already back in Amsterdam 1887 the Van Foreest brothers (Arnold and Dick, not Jorden and Lucas!) contributed to the opening theory in this line.

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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.
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