Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Erigaisi in the footsteps of Kasparov

by Robert Ris
6/17/2024 – In his new Fast & Furious episode, Robert Ris looks at a game by Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, the "man of the moment" and the world's number 4 in live-rankings. At the moment, Erigaisi plays in the Stepan Avagyan Memorial in Yermuk, Armenia, where he defeated German Grandmaster Matthias Bluebaum in a fine game. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Robert Ris: "Arjun Erigaisi is the man of the moment and continues his rise as he is currently the world's number 4 in live-rankings. In this week's episode I have a look at his game against Matthias Bluebaum played in a strong round robin event in Armenia.

Via a slightly different move-order the players were following a famous game from the 1986 World Championship match between Kasparov and Karpov. Like in that game, Erigaisi managed to seize the initiative and Black never got a chance to get back into the game."

Exercise: A beautiful tactic from the analysis of the game Kasparov-Karpov game. Can you spot the winning idea for White?

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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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