Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A fascinating concept for White in the Pirc Austrian Attack

by Robert Ris
12/16/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris looks at a promising line that White may try against the Pirc. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

London System London System

By playing the London System, with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4, White can avoid a theoretical discussion and instead use natural ability plus a knowledge of plans. The weight of the struggle tends to shift towards the middlegame, but White can also pull off devastatingly quick wins should Black be unaware of the dangers.


The game Moiseenko-Onyshchuk from the Ukrainian Championships features a fascinating attacking idea in the Austrian Attack of the Pirc (4.f4).

In these lines Black likes to exchange his light-squared against White's knight on f3, and usually White recaptures on f3 with queen or rook. But in his game against Onyshchuk, Moiseenko decided to recapture with his g-pawn, which enabled him to develop an attack on the g-file. 

Exercise: Would you exchange rooks on a8 or keep them on the board?


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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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