Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: Attacking with Black against the Slow Slav

by Robert Ris
10/8/2020 – In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris shows how Black can mix things up against the Slow Slav. | "Fast and Furious" is available from 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Attacking with Black against the Slow Slav

The Slow Slav arises from the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 and is often chosen by players who prefer to avoid the more forcing lines after 4.Nc3. There are various modelgames  where White demonstrates his positional trump (the bishop pair) in the long run, but there are numerous examples as well where Black manages to develop dangerous counterplay. In this show we will have a look at the most recently played games where Black succeeds in building up a powerful attack against the white king. Although the name of this opening suggests differently, the Slow Slav certainly deserves to be discussed in the Fast & Furious show!

Exercise: Black has build up some pressure on the queenside, but do you also see what his idea is after 26.g4?


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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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