Fast and Furious: The current state of the Two Knights

by Robert Ris
12/19/2019 – In the last Fast & Furious show of 2019, IM Robert Ris tackles the current theoretical state of the Two Knights defence. 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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A lot of new developments are going on in the Main Line Two Knights, which arises from 1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.c4 f6 4.g5 d5 5.exd5 a5 6.b5 c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.d3!? Is Black able to generate active play to compensate the minus pawn or will White neutralize Black's temporary initiative? Especially recommended for Black players with 1.e4 e5 repertoire and looking for a sharp variation tackling the Italian Opening. 

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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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