Fast and Furious: The Sicilian Four Knights

by Robert Ris
11/21/2019 – IM Robert Ris is back from his own playing trip to the European Club Cup in Montenegro and shares one of his own games. 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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Last week I played the European Club Cup in Montenegro and improved my personal best by defeating a 2700+ player for the first time in my life. In tonight's show I will have a closer look at this game and share more ideas from the Sicilian Four Knights (1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♞f6 5.♘c3 ♞c6) which usually leads to very sharp play. 

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A preview

Warming-up exercise: White's last move 19.♖d1 is a serious mistake. Do you see how Black should react?


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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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