Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: 3.h4 against the King's Indian and Grünfeld

by Robert Ris
9/30/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris looks at the move 3.h4 against the King's Indian and Grünfeld - a bold and aggressive push that recently has become popular and that Black seems to find surprisingly hard to counter. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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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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