Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Why it's good to be prepared

by Robert Ris
8/24/2023 – The Arkhangelsk Variation of the Ruy Lopez is a dangerous weapon. For both sides - Black can lose quickly, if he does not know what he is doing. In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris shows you a nice opening trap in this popular line. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Last week I was coaching the Netherlands 1 team at the World Youth Olympiad in Eindhoven. My student, 15-year-old Arthur de Winter (who has recently also become an IM!), used a beautiful opening trap in the Archangelsk Variation of the Ruy Lopez to secure the silver medal on board 2. I'll have a look at his crushing victory in the final round and show some other nice attacking games in this line.

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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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