Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: My favourite game of 2021

by Robert Ris
1/6/2022 – In the first episode of his "Fast & Furious" show in 2022, Dutch trainer Robert Ris presents his favourite game of 2021, that features an impressive attack in a sharp line of the Sicilian Najdorf. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

London System London System

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.


First of all I'd like to wish all viewers of the Fast & Furious show a very Happy New Year! For this occasion I would like to take a look at one of my favorite games of last year: Chigaev-Iljiushenok.

I have actually covered the final part of the game in my DVD Calculation in Attack & Defense Vol. 2, but the entire game deserves to covered in the show as well.

Calculation Training in Attack & Defence Vol.2

The two DVDs offer you the chance to solve 66 exercises with multiple questions. These exercises are presented in the interactive format, which makes them accessible for players of different strengths as we will go through the thought process step by step

After both sides have completed their typical developing moves in a sharp Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5, it turns out that White's attack is faster. 

Exercise: Do you see White's amazing winning idea?


You can 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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