Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Quick losses with White

by Robert Ris
7/7/2022 – This week Robert Ris takes a look at the game Ding Liren vs Teimour Radjabov from the second part of the Candidates. Ding Liren finished second in the Candidates but in this game he fell victim to an interesting opening idea by Radjabov and lost quickly. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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It rarely happens that a top player loses with the White pieces in under 30 moves, but it happened to Ding Liren twice in the same event. This week we'll have a closer look at the game Ding Liren-Radjabov, played in round 12 of the Candidates.

In a popular line of the Rubinstein Variation in the Nimzo-Indian, Radjabov introduced a new plan which worked out incredibly well for him. Like in his first round game with the new challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ding definitely underestimated the danger his king was going to face. When all major pieces are on the board and the white king stuck in the centre, these guys smell blood!

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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.