Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Shirov impresses in Limburg

by Robert Ris
6/9/2022 – This week Robert Ris looks at a fine victory by Alexei Shirov, who recently defeated Jorden van Foreest in a 4-game mini match that took place in Limburg. Fire on board! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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During the weekend of Pentecost, the organizers of the Limburg Open organized a very exciting mini match between Jorden van Foreest and Alexei Shirov, which the latter won very convincingly by a 3½-½ score. Crucial were his two wins with black. The first one was particularly impressive, as in the Anti-Moscow Variation of the Slav he crushed Jorden in only 25 moves. Not surprisingly, Shirov called it one of the best games of his career!

In the third game of the match, Shirov returned to his favorite Botvinnik Variation and exploited a miscalculation by his opponent.

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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.