Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Attack and counterattack in the Sicilian Taimanov

by Robert Ris
6/3/2021 – This week, the well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the old main line (Be2 & Be3) of the Sicilian Taimanov, which often leads to fascinating games full of fun and tactical blows. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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This week we'll have a look at another game from the European Hybrid Qualifier which took place last week.

The game Petrov-Ivanisevic was an absolute spectacle in the old Main Line (Be2 & Be3) of the Sicilian Taimanov. A classical example of the theme of meeting an attack on the wing with a counterstrike in the centre.

Black managed to win the game in just 30 moves, but things could have been easily the other way around. One could only wish every game to be like this!

Here's a warm-up: Where should the black king go to? (deep calculation!)


You can 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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