Fast and Furious: A sharp concept against the Petroff

by Robert Ris
1/30/2020 – IM Robert Ris discusses the revival of a variation of the Petroff Defence to 1.e4 which has gained new life thanks to the work of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, among others. 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!

Mastering Pattern Recognition in the Opening Mastering Pattern Recognition in the Opening

Pattern recognition is an important tool in modern chess, as it helps you to understand better the characteristics of a position. Particularly when you have been confronted with a surprise opening system played by your opponent, it helps when you can just


3.d4 ♞xe4 4.♗d3 d5 5.♘xe5 ♞d7 6.♘c3

For many years the line 3.d4 xe4 4.d3 d5 5.xe5 d7 had considered to be pretty harmless for Black. In this lecture I will show matters aren't that simple for Black after the move 6.♘c3, which leads to positions where White accepts an inferior pawn structure in return for wonderful attacking prospects. Recently various top players, including the World Champion Magnus Carlsen, have picked up this variation again after it went out of fashion about ten years ago. Interestingly, Black is struggling to find a safe place for his king in almost all the lines! A very practical and dangerous weapon to add to your White repertoire.

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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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