Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: No margin of error

by Robert Ris
7/15/2022 – This week Robert Ris picks up from last week, when he looked at a quick loss suffered by Ding Liren with the white pieces. A recent victory by Andrew Hong from the US Junior Championship was similar in that a single mistake by White was quickly punished by his opponent. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Nimzo-Indian Rubinstein

Much like last week, I will have a look at the Rubinstein Variation of the Nimzo-Indian, inspired on the game between the two young American grandmasters Brandon Jacobson and Andrew Hong, which featured a brilliant attack for Black.

White made only one serious mistake, which was impressively refuted by Black. With a series of forcing moves, including a double knight sacrifice, Hong didn’t let his opponent get back into the game and managed to win in only 22 moves!

This game actually reminded me of another miniature between Loek Van Wely and Peter Acs (Hoogeveen 2002), in which the World Junior Champion from Hungary displayed a marvellous attack against the white king. In both games, Black got the chance to sacrifice a knight on the empty square f3!

Exercise: Black to move


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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.