Meet The Fritztrainer - Robert Ris

by Arne Kaehler
1/28/2022 – Hundreds of different Fritztrainers have been teaching us chess on ChessBase for more than a decade. Maybe you sometimes wonder what else the authors do? "Meet the Fritztrainer" takes a look behind the scenes, telling us more about the private life of your favourite chess trainer. We already had the pleasure to talk to the Dutch Fritztrainers GM Jan Werle, and IM Merijn van Delft. Today we speak with another very active Fritztrainer from the Netherlands, who also has his own weekly show on ChessBase - IM Robert Ris.

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The two DVDs offer you the chance to solve 66 exercises with multiple questions. These exercises are presented in the interactive format, which makes them accessible for players of different strengths as we will go through the thought process step by step


Meet the Fritztrainer - Robert Ris

Robert Ris (1988) is an International Master from The Netherlands, who nowadays is active mainly as an online chess trainer.

For ChessBase he has recorded various Fritztrainers. In his Fast & Furious show on the PlayChess server, sharp opening lines are explained for a wider audience.

On his personal website you will find out more about his training services.

Ris has recently made a Double-Fritztrainer - Calculation Training in Attack & Defence Vol.1 & Vol.2

And his fans can look forward to another Fritztrainer, which will appear very soon on ChessBase.


  • 0:37 - Where, and when did you learn to play chess?
  • 2:10 - Was it helpful for your chess career to win numerous games?
  • 2:59 - You have your "Fast and Furious" show on ChessBase since a while. How did the series start?
  • 4:07 - Will you ever run out of sharp openings for the show?
  • 4:48 - Where did your passion for the sharp openings come from?
  • 6:05 - Any ambitions to reaching a 2500 rating? And what does a "bet" have to do with it?
  • 8:05 - Who is your favourite chess player?
  • 10:45 - Do you have any favourite chess books?
  • 11:45 - Your favourite opening as White?
  • 12:35 - Your favourite opening as Black?
  • 13:43 - Full analysis of one of Robert Ris' favourite games!

The Vienna Game with 3.d4

Recently the Vienna Game 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 has gotten a new boost with the move 3.d4!? After 3…exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Qd3 White aims to build up promising attacking play with opposite-castled kings.

The newest "In 60 Minutes" Video by Robert Ris

The Stafford Gambit in 60 Minutes

Looking for a surprise weapon against 1.e4? Try the Stafford Gambit! After the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5, rather than following the solid lines of the Petroff after 3...d6, Black prefers to sacrifice a pawn with 3...Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6.

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Robert Ris greatest passion in chess is teaching. What luck for all of us!


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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