Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Wei Yi and Ding Liren navigate the Caro-Kann

by Robert Ris
1/14/2024 – In the second Fast & Furious episode of 2024, Robert Ris once again explores complex lines in the Caro-Kann. To do so, he goes over games played by two Chinese stars: Wei Yi and Ding Liren. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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I have a look once again at the sharp main line of the Caro-Kann, which was discussed in last week’s episode as well.

Instead of 10.0-0 (covered last week) Wei Yi opted for the main alternative 10.Be3 planning to castle queenside next, which he employed in both games against world champion Ding Liren. In the first game (rapid) Ding went for the sharp 11...b5!?, while in the second game (blitz) he opted for the calmer 11...Nf8.

In both cases, the positions became incredibly complex, and both sides had their chances.

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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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