Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A model game against the Sicilian

by Robert Ris
4/7/2022 – This week Robert Ris takes a look at the game Saric-Abasov played in the 10th round of the European Individual Championships - a model game that illustrates how to attack the Sicilian. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In this video course, twenty-nine examples with multiple questions are presented in the interactive format, which is ideal for a range of playing strengths. Step by step you will be taken through the complex positions.


The Croatian number 1 played a very instructive model game against Nijat Abasov in the Sicilian Four Knights, introducing a relevant novelty on move 12 (improving upon two earlier games by Magnus Carlsen in 2006/2007). His Azeri opponent didn't manage to find a good antidote and found himself under pressure. Saric had no difficulties directing his pieces towards the black king and when all the pieces were on good squares he launched the decisive strike.

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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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