Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: MVL beats the French

by Robert Ris
6/24/2021 – This week, the well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look how Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won a spectacular game against Ian Nepomniachtchi and the French Defense. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In the Advance Variation of the French Defense the number one player of France took huge risks by pushing both his g- and h-pawn ahead before completing development, but eventually he got rewarded for his adventurous play and was allowed to finish off the game in style.

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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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