Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Gukesh strikes!

by Robert Ris
12/8/2023 – In the new episode of his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris analyses Gukesh's win against Volokitin from the Chess Classic in London - an instructive game and maybe a crucial win for Gukesh who still has chances to qualify for the Candidates. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In this video course, twenty-nine examples with multiple questions are presented in the interactive format, which is ideal for a range of playing strengths. Step by step you will be taken through the complex positions.


Gukesh needs to win the London Chess Classic to keep his chances of playing in the 2024 Candidates tournament alive. His 3rd round game against Volokitin was his most impressive. Against a symmetrical variation of the English, he opted for a doubled fianchetto. Black sacrificed a pawn, won it back soon after, but then faced some serious coordination problems. With the help of a powerful flank attack, Gukesh managed to win the game in just 28 moves.

Exercise: White has started expanding on the kingside. How should he proceed?

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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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