Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: An interesting line against the Petroff

by Robert Ris
7/1/2022 – This week Robert Ris takes a look at the game Firouzja-Nepomniachtchi in which we again got to see Nepo's favorite Petroff. Firouzja opted for the interesting sideline with 5.c4, which eventually led to a non-typical Petroff structure. In the game Firouzja lost quickly but there are different, and better, ways to play this line. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Once White decided to launch an offensive with a pawnstorm on the kingside with 16.g4? and 17.h4? Black managed to take over and exploit the created weaknesses in White's camp. Curiously Nepo once played 5.c4 himself and that enabled him to trick another strong GM. 

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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.