Fast and Furious: 6.Nd5!? against the Classical Sicilian

by Robert Ris
12/5/2019 – Recently the gambit line with 6.♘d5 against the Classical Sicilian has been seen in quite a number of games by some talented Dutch youngsters. IM Robert Ris shows some examples. Tune into the live show at 18:00 UTC (19:00 CET / 1 PM EST) which 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. In the diagram, it's Black to play!

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The position after 1.e4 c5 2.f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.xd4 f6 5.c3 c6 features more than 100.000 games, while the gambit line with 6.d5!? has been only been tested 37 times as far as I know.  The main continuations 6.♗g5 (Rauzer) and 6.♗c4 (Velimirovic attack) have been discussed in earlier Fast & Furious shows, but in this episode a relatively new surprising weapon will be discussed. In the previous round of the Dutch League I got in some nice preparation and build up a nice initiative.

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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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