Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Wide open kings out of a Ruy Lopez

by Robert Ris
7/20/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris analyses an outstanding game from the Geza Hetenyi Memorial. Eventual winner Praggnanandhaa lost with black against Amin Tabatabaei, as the rising stars fought in a wild middlegame out of a rare line in the Ruy Lopez. Unmissable! | 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.


Praggnanandhaa is the man of the hour, as he impressively won a strong round-robin tournament in Hungary and gained 17 Elo points to cross the 2700 rating barrier.

His most spectacular game, however, was his defeat in round 5 against Amin Tabatabaei. The Iranian top player played the relatively unknown pawn sacrifice 11.Nd4 instead of the super theoretical 11.Bc2, which has been played almost exclusively in this line of the Ruy Lopez.

The game became very interesting with both kings wide open. Any result was possible!

Exercise: How would you proceed here as White?

Feel free to move the pieces on the live diagram!

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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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