Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Carlsen shows the way in the Sicilian Rossolimo

by Robert Ris
7/7/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show Robert Ris takes a look at a game between Gukesh and Magnus Carlsen, in which Carlsen shows Black's potential in a crucial line of the Sicilian Rossolimo. | 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 spectacular encounter between Gukesh and Carlsen in Zagreb this week. The game features a popular line of the Sicilian Rossolimo in which White tries to take control of the centre and Black looks for dynamic counterplay. A fascinating clash of ideas!

So far Magnus Carlsen has done incredibly well with this particular variation, winning all his games with it as Black (against Caruana and Duda).

Exercise: This is a position from one of Carlsen's earlier games in this line. It is Black to move and what should he do?

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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