Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: Najdorf with 6.Rg1!

by Robert Ris
9/24/2020 – In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris presents an interesting line against the Sicilian Najdorf: 6.Rg1. A move that is still underrated but that has the potential to become quite popular. | "Fast and Furious" is available from 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: ChessBase India

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Najdorf with 6.Rg1

In the starting position of the Sicilian Najdorf, almost all White's legal moves have been tried before. In this episode of the F&F show we will have a look at the move 6.Rg1, an aggressive move as White doesn't shy away from revealing its intentions as early as move 6! Back in 2002 Vassily Ivanchuk managed to defeat Garry Kasparov, but this rare rook move never became as popular as the main lines. Only recently some players started to pick up this surprise weapon again.

Special attention will be paid to Ian Nepomniachtchi's miniature against Magnus Carlsen as the Russian star went on to defeat the World Champion in spectacular fashion. Looking for some exciting new weapon against one of Black's most reliable openings? 6.Rg1 could very likely become your favorite surprise weapon against the Najdorf!

To get into the mood: What is White's best continuation? 


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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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