Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Fireworks in the Giuoco Piano

by Robert Ris
1/20/2022 – This week Robert Ris will have a look at the fantastic game between Daniil Dubov and Vidit Gujrathi from the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee. Dubov played provocatively out of a Giuoco Piano, Vidit gladly accepted the challenge, and an incredible struggle ensued! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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By playing the London System, with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4, White can avoid a theoretical discussion and instead use natural ability plus a knowledge of plans. The weight of the struggle tends to shift towards the middlegame, but White can also pull off devastatingly quick wins should Black be unaware of the dangers.

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This week I’ll have a look at the fantastic game between Daniil Dubov and Vidit Gujrathi from the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee.

The Giuoco Piano (Quiet Game) opening is nowadays a good choice for both sides to play for a win. The theoretical paths were quickly left behind and, with very provocative play, Dubov invited his opponent to grab a central pawn. Vidit gladly accepted the gift, paying a high price for it, as his king stayed in the centre. What followed was an amazingly sharp battle in which Dubov even sacrificed his rook, missed the chance to force a perpetual and Black’s king finally escaped to the other side of the board!

Exercise: In the game, Black went for 12...g5, but what would have followed in case of 12...Nf8 (with the idea Ng6)?

 

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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.

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