Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: a surprise weapon against the Sicilian

by Robert Ris
4/15/2021 – In this week’s show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at an interesting attempt to fight against the Sicilian: The line 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5!? dxe5 5.Nxe5 that offers White surprising possibilities. | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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A Surprise Weapon against the Sicilian

The Anti-Sicilian line 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 is trickier than most people would think. In this weeks show we have a look at White's ideas to fight for an advantage.

Black has various ways of meeting this setup, but one critical line goes 5...a6 6.g3 Qc7 7.d4 cxd4 8.Qxd4 Nc6 9.Nxc6 Qxc6 and now rather than moving the rook to g1, White ignores the threat and continues his development with 10.Bg5!

Dutch IM Henk Vedder has frequently played this line and since then many people, including strong GMs, have employed the same idea with great successes. As Black's king is stuck in the centre, his position is quite tricky, but will he manage to withstand the white threats?

While preparing the show I came across many wonderful resources for both sides, including a very important novelty which may hold the line for Black. This could be your new surprise weapon when facing the Sicilian!

Here's a warm-up: How does White punish 12...Qxh1?


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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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