Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Nepo plays the Petroff

by Robert Ris
4/14/2024 – In his new Fast & Furious episode, Robert Ris analyses a couple of games from the Candidates Tournament, specifically the two encounters in which Ian Nepomniachtchi played his beloved Petroff Defence with 6...Bd6. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Ian Nepomniachtchi is among the frontrunners at the FIDE Candidates in Toronto, but things could have gone differently had he not drawn his two games with black against Pragnnanandhaa and Nakamura.

In this week’s show, I have a look at both games, which featured Nepo’s beloved Petroff Defence with 6...Bd6, following his home preparation from the 2021 World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen played in Dubai. 

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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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