Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: An exciting gambit

by Robert Ris
2/10/2022 – This week Robert Ris shows why the almost forgotten Schara von Hennig Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4) has become popular again and attracts players like Grischuk and Jorden van Foreest. Ris also shows a clear game-plan for Black that will help you to try this exciting gambit with success! | "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.


Probably most people would not have expected that the Schara von Hennig Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 cxd4) would come into fashion again. Recently this well-forgotten gambit, which used to be popular in the nineties, has been tried by strong players like Grischuk and van Foreest.

Black is willing to sacrifice a central pawn for quick development and the pawn sacrifice usually offers sufficient compensation to have threats against the white king. And even if White succeeds in neutralizing all threats, his extra pawn is often pretty worthless as White is often struggling to activate his forces.

In this show I'll offer you a clear game plan for Black and all the critical directions you need to be aware of to try this exciting gambit.

Exercise: Do you see Black's most elegant and powerful continuation?


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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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