Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Najdorf with 6.Qd3!?

by Robert Ris
4/1/2021 – In this week’s show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the move 6.Qd3!? against the Najdorf, which recently has given Black a lot of trouble and led to fascinating games. | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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A new weapon against the Najdorf

The move 6.Qd3 has become one of the critical tests for Black in the Sicilian Najdorf. In Wijk aan Zee earlier this year Jorden van Foreest won his crucial last round game against Nils Grandelius thanks to great preparation and a spectacular knight sacrifice in the middlegame (21.Nb5!).

This week the young Dutchman got another chance to employ this line against Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Although he lost that game quickly, his position looked quite promising right out of the opening. The next day Vladimir Fedoseev tested the Polish player again in this fashionable line, and what a game it was!

In this episode of the Fast & Furious you'll learn about White's key ideas and the latest developments within this branch of the Najdorf.

But first a warm-up: Do you see the winning idea for Black?


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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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