Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: New developments in the Centre Game (1.e4 e5 2.d4!? exd4 3.Qxd4)

by Robert Ris
5/13/2021 – In this week’s show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris presents a number of ideas how White can get good attacking chances with the Centre Game. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In recent games various strong players had some great results with the Centre Game (1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4). Against all the basic opening principles White brings out the queen early and is forced to spend quite a number of moves to find the ideal setup.

Still, after 3...Nc6, thanks to the small innovation of retreating the queen to d3 instead of e3, White succeeds in finding nice squares for his minor pieces and can quickly start thinking about launching an attack with opposite-castled kings. The ensuing positions offer White great attacking chances and various strong players have fallen victim of this relatively new approach. In this week's Fast & Furious show quite a number of miniatures are being presented.

Here's a warm-up: How should White start the attack?


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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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