Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Exploring the Sicilian Alapin

by Robert Ris
1/6/2023 – In the first "Fast & Furious" show of 2023 Robert Ris discusses the ins and outs of a well-known tabiya of the Sicilian Alapin, in which Black's strategy is based on exploiting a long term pawn weakness on c3. However, in practice he rarely gets the chance to do so as was confirmed by the recent games Abdrlauf-Smirin (Rilton Cup) and Ganguly-Makarian (World Rapid). | "Fast and 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.


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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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