Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Tan and Lei keep it sharp

by Robert Ris
3/30/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris takes an in-depth look at the fascinating first game of the match between Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie. It was an incredibly sharp confrontation, with no lack of imbalances and instructive situations. | 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.


I have an in-depth look at the fascinating first game of the match between Tan Zhongyi and Lei Tingjie, which featured a sideline of the English Opening (1.c4 e5 2.d3).

Pretty soon after the theoretical waters were left behind, play became incredibly sharp, with Black having a long-term advantage on the queenside with her three extra pawns. White’s majority in the centre failed to impress, but White got eventually some counterplay against the black king. What a start of this mini match (six games only!) which should determine the challenger of reigning World Champion Ju Wenjun.

Exercise: In the game, Black made a serious error here. How should Black play instead and obtain a decisive advantage?


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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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