Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: Jorden van Foreest with Black

by Robert Ris
2/4/2021 – In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at some of the powerful opening ideas that helped Jorden van Foreest to win the Tata Steel Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Powerful: Jorden van Foreest with Black

This week all the attention should, of course, be given to my friend Jorden van Foreest who shocked the chess community by clinching tournament victory in the Tata Steel Masters.

We will have a look at his Black repertoire against 1.e4, as he came up with some amazingly interesting new ideas in The Ruy Lopez. The Ruy Lopez with 4...Bc5 followed by 5...Nge7 is a very rare hybrid system of the Neo-Archangelsk (Bc5) and Cozio Variation (Nge7) but worked out very well for Jorden: he won against Aryan Tari in dynamical style and drew with Anish Giri in the tiebreak.

But we will also briefly examine Jorden's amazing preparation (14...Bh3!) against "MVL" in another modern line of the Neo-Archangelsk.

But first a warm-up: Curiously, by a different move-order we came across an old game between Alexander Alekhine and Efim Bogolyubov that is relevant for Jorden's idea. White wanted to consolidate his position with his last move 21.Qg5, but what did he overlook?


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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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