Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Predke’s miniature in Berlin

by Robert Ris
3/31/2022 – This week Robert Ris takes an in-depth look at the miniature Predke vs. Vachier-Lagrave from the Grand Prix series in Berlin, featuring a sharp line in the Symmetrical English. | "Fast and 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.


Alexandr Predke was a rating underdog in pool C of the Grand Prix series’ third leg in Berlin, but that did not prevent him from beating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the first round of the preliminary stage.

The Russian GM quickly punished the Frenchman’s imprecise handling of a Symmetrical English opening by launching a powerful kingside attack. Predke took advantage of the hook on g5, which helped White to open files towards the black king.

Exercise: Black has just castled. How should White start his attack on the kingside?


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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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