Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A dangerous weapon? 3.Bb5+ against the Sicilian

by Robert Ris
4/29/2022 – This week Robert Ris analyses how the young American talent Hans Moke Niemann turned the supposedly quiet line with 3.Bb5+ against the Sicilian into a dangerous weapon. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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This week I have a look at the last round game Niemann-Yilmaz played at the Capablanca Memorial. What started off as quiet 3.Bb5+ Sicilian, soon turned into position in which Black failed to come up with a good plan to completing development and find a safe home for his king.

Niemann, who won the tournament with an impressive 7.5/9, showed his class and left his opponent without any chances.

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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.