Fast and Furious: Anti-Meran 6...a5!?

by Robert Ris
5/24/2020 – This week Robert Ris takes a look at another fascinating new idea by opening expert Daniil Dubov. This time the innovative Russian top GM came up with a novelty on move 6 in the Anti-Meran. The amazing resource is 6...a5!? which gives a new dynamical touch to this heavily investigated opening. "Fast and Furious" is available from 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Anti-Meran 6...a5!?

The ensuing positions are completely fresh, though the characteristics remain pretty much similar to other well-known variations of this opening. The World Champion also joined the theoretical debate and used this weapon in his game with Yu Yangyi in the Lindores Abbey Challenge. He totally outplayed the Chinese player, but forgot to finish the game off in style, lost track and eventually got even caught into a mating net!

But first a warm-up exercise: how would you continue with Black in this position?


Move the pieces on the live diagram – solution below!

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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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