Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Adventurous Abdusattorov

by Robert Ris
7/13/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show Robert Ris takes a look at a line of the Italian Four Knights (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3?!), which Nodirbek Abdusattorov used to win a fine game against Levon Aronian at the Aimchess Online Tournament. | Fast & 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.


This week I will have a look at the Italian Four Knights (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3?!) which is considered to be harmless because of 4...Nxe4!, after which Black seems to obtain a very comfortable game by trading one of White's central pawn.

Rather than attempting to regain the pawn, Abdusattorov had different thoughts and decided to make a gambit out of it, playing 5.0-0! This approach definitely paid off as his opponent Levon Aronian got crushed in only 21 moves!

Exercise: White seems to be in trouble, but what is the only move to keep fighting for the initiative?

Feel free to move the pieces on the live diagram!

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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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