Fast and Furious: New developments in the Italian

by Robert Ris
4/18/2019 – Today's topic: The Italian with 4.c3 ♞f6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5, offers both sides dynamic chances. In this show IM Robert Ris will review GM games to illustrate the main plans and help you learn about the thematic attacking ideas in the ensuing pawn structure. The live show at 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 2 PM EDT) 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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Italian with 4.c3 ♞f6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5

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The Italian Opening has recently gained in popularity. Whereas the slow system (with 5.d3) in the Giuoco Piano might not be to everyone's taste, the setup with 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 is a more straightforward attempt to put the opponent under pressure as quickly as possible. The ensuing structures are very interesting and offer both sides chances exploiting their trump cards.


White is looking for ideas building up a kingside attack, while Black is intending to generate active counterplay in the centre against White's pawns on d4 and e5. In tonight's show recent grandmaster games will be discussed to illustrate both sides plans. It's recommended for those who want to build an easy to learn repertoire for White with 1.e4 e5 and understand more about thematic attacking ideas with this pawn structure.

But first...What is White's easiest way converting his advantage?


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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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