Fast and Furious: Scandinavian 3...Qd6

by Robert Ris
1/2/2020 – Welcome to 2020 Fast & Furious! IM Robert Ris checks out the theoretical implications of a Carlsen win from the World Rapid Championship. 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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Happy New Year!

To start the year well let's have a look a game of World's best player Magnus Carlsen who last week won both the World Rapid & Blitz. Particularly I quite enjoyed his game vs Azamat Utegaliyev (2502) in the 1st round of the Rapid, as with very natural developing moves the Mozart of Chess makes chess look so simple. Besides that, we will also have a look at an even sharper approach for White which was recommended by GM Krisztian Szabo in CBM 193! It seems that Black is having a very hard time in the Scandinavian with 3...Qd6 at the moment!

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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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