Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Semi-Slav Meran

by Robert Ris
2/16/2023 – In his 'Fast & Furious' show, Robert Ris has a look at the game Mamedyarov-Sevian from the Pro Chess League 2023. The game featured a sharp line from the Semi-Slav Meran variation which became popular after the World Championship match between Kramnik and Anand in Bonn 2008. | "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.


In games 3 and 5 of the match Vishy scored two crucial victories with the black pieces. Now almost 15 years later, the line has a slightly dubious reputation but White has to be very precise.

Like Kramnik, Mamedyarov wasn't familiar with the theory (or simply forgot...) and found himself in deep trouble soon, allowing Sevian to seize the initiative which he duly converted.

Exercise: Black to play!


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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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