Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Najdorf Sicilian with 6.Bg5

by Robert Ris
7/28/2022 – This week Robert Ris takes a look at a sharp line of the Najdorf Sicilian with 6.Bg5 and discusses a game that helped 14-year-old Adrian de Winter to win the Amsterdam Open. | "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.


A short, exciting draw

Last week the Amsterdam Open was surprisingly won by my 14-year-old student Arthur de Winter, the current Dutch Champion U14. In the crucial final round game against the legendary Dutch IM Manuel Bosboom things didn't go his way initially in the Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5.

But soon he managed to stir things up and Manuel didn't manage to control the situation on the kingside. Black's attack turned out to be way too slow and in the end Arthur had no difficulties bringing home the full point.

Not a flawless game, but certainly one with many typical instructive ideas for this opening!

Exercise: White is about to open the kingside. How should Black react?


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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.