Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Pragg and Keymer set board on fire

by Robert Ris
2/29/2024 – In his new Fast & Furious episode, Robert Ris takes a look how Praggnanandhaa and Vincent Keymer set the board on fire in the first round of the Prague Chess Festival. They started with an Italian and were both willing to enter a complicated and sharp theoretical line. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Robert Ris: "In the game Praggnanandhaa-Keymer the board was set on fire early on! In an Italian Opening, Keymer repeated a rare, provocative idea on move 9 only he had played once before. Pragg played in the most principled way and decided to go for the typical piece sacrifice on g5. What followed was a compelling fight in which both sides could not afford a single inaccuracy. In this week's F&F show, the attacking and defensive ideas for positions like this are covered in detail!"

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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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