Fast and Furious with IM Robert Ris

by Robert Ris
1/24/2019 – Every two weeks on Thursday's at 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET, 1 pm EST), IM Robert Ris shows sharp and double edged opening lines. If you fancy sacrificing or playing gambits, this show is a must see. Not only will you profit from specific opening ideas but you'll learn a lot of interesting general opening concepts too. The live show is free to watch, and available on-demand for ChessBase Premium account holders (but FREE for a limited time!). To chat, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows.

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Attacking ideas with 4.f3 in the Nimzo

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This week we'll discuss typical attacking ideas for White in the type of pawn structure arising from the Nimzo-Indian Defence with 4.f3. The key game is Vidit vs Kramnik, played in Round 10 of the Tata Steel Masters on tour in Leiden. 

Here's a position to start thinking about: 


White to move

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Born in 1988, Robert Ris is an International Master who has represented The Netherlands in various international youth events. Nowadays his main activities in the Amsterdam area consist of teaching in schools, chess clubs and giving coaching sessions to private clients. On top of that, he is also an active online trainer with a number of students from a host of different countries. Between 2009 and 2013 he contributed to the online magazines ChessVibes Openings and ChessVibes Training and now has a monthly endgame column in the Masters Bulletin at On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He has also made a number of contributions to ChessBase Magazine, and has had several appearances as a live commentator for prestigious events, including the Dutch National Championships 2011-2013 and the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in 2013 and 2014.And he is a popular ChessBase author who produced a number of DVDs on how to play the opening.
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