Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: How to fight the Jobava-London (1.d4 2.Bf4 & 3.Nc3)?

by Robert Ris
11/25/2022 – This week Robert Ris presents a line to fight against the Jobava-London System (1.d4 2.Bf4 & 3.Nc3). The always well-prepared Anish Giri used this line to win a fine game with Black against Praggnanandhaa at the Meltwater Chess Champions Tour. | "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.


This week we will look at a way to counter the . This counter helped Anish Giri to win a spectacular game against Praggnnanandhaa at the finals of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

In a position with kings on opposite sides, White's attack never got off the ground. In the diagram below Black had the chance to seize the initiative and to let his pieces join the attack against the white king. A true modelgame, despite a small hiccup by Giri.

Exercise: Find the most precise way for Black to give his attack new impulses.


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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