Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: New ideas in the Sicilian Sveshnikov

by Robert Ris
8/4/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris looks at two fascinating games from the World Cup, in which White and Black tried new ideas in the Sicilian Sveshnikov with 7.Nd5. | Fast & 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.


In the second round of the World Cup in Baku, two high-profile games featured the Sicilian Sveshnikov with 7.Nd5, leading to a very interesting double-edged position. Our main game of the week is Wei Yi-Supi, which for 18 moves followed a line from a game Caruana and Carlsen played during the World Championship in London 2018. In that match, all games ended in a draw. But Wei Yi could do better and scored a convincing victory.

In the other game, between Iskandarov and Gukesh, Black was more fortunate and convincingly outplayed his opponent to leapfrog Vishy Anand in the live ratings and become India's new number one!

Exercise: White has just sacrificed its knight. Can you see the idea what's the idea after both 33...Rd8 and the game continuation 33...Rf8?

Feel free to 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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