Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A new approach for White in the Richter-Rauzer

by Robert Ris
4/21/2022 – This week Robert Ris analyses how the young Indian Gukesh used a relatively new concept in the Sicilian Richter-Rauzer to win a nice and crucial game at the La Roda Open. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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After a dramatic final round in Reykjavik against compatriot Praggnanandhaa (throwing away a decisive advantage and tournament victory), Gukesh bounced back immediately by winning the traditional weekender in La Roda played over Easter.

In the 3rd round of the event the young Indian star managed to win a nice game in a typical Sicilian Rauzer. The rare move 7.Bb5 is becoming a more popular weapon for White and certainly deserves some further investigation!

Exercise: The following position is taken from my analysis of this line. Do you see White's idea?


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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.