Fast and Furious: The Sicilian Keres Attack

by Robert Ris
4/9/2020 – Chess is the sport least affected by the current crisis and this week two fascinating computer games, featuring the Sicilian Keres Attack, will be discussed in the Fast & Furious show. Live from 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT) and free to watch on-demand for a limited time (or forever for ChessBase Premium account holders. To chat when Robert is live, please visit or login via Playchess for Windows. In the diagram, it's Black to play!

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The Sicilian Keres Attack

The game Stockfish-Leela made a deep impression on me, a good mix of modern strategy (including the push of g- and h-pawn!) and amazing tactical resources. That's why we love the Sicilian! Stay home, stay safe and enjoy the show!

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First an exercise from the game Leela-Stoofvlees. How should White deal with the mating threat on d2?


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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