Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Creative - The Norwegian Rat

by Robert Ris
9/7/2023 – In the latest edition of his Fast & Furious series, Robert Ris takes a look at a double-edged opening that at first glance seems rather dubious: the Norwegian Rat (1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5), which Carlsen and other strong players have tried with surprising success. | Fast & Furious is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

Calculation Training Booster Calculation Training Booster

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.


In recent years the Norwegian Rat (1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5) has become increasingly popular due to the efforts of creative players such as Carlsen, Nepomniachtchi and Rapport to avoid a theoretical battle.

This provocative approach gives Black a chance to challenge White's overstretched centre. Last week Caruana was taken by surprise in the opening after 1.c4 g6 2.e4 Nf6 and soon lost his way by simply playing far too many pawn moves. In this episode of the Fast & Furious show you'll learn how to make the most of your development lead!

Exercise: What is the idea of Black's setup?

Feel free to move the pieces on the live diagram!

This week’s show

Watch previous shows

Recent shows

Many more Fast and Furious episodes are available in ChessBase Videos


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.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register