Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Sacrificing against the Petroff

by Robert Ris
10/14/2023 – In the new episode of his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris shows a way to take a crack at the Petroff - sacrificing a pawn! A concept that helped Ray Robson to defeat Jeffery Xiong at the U.S. Championship. | 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.


This week we'll take a closer look at Ray Robson's spectacular victory against Jeffery Xiong's Petroff Defence. With the help of a sharp pawn sacrifice (a novelty!), White managed to build up a very promising attacking position.

The main point was revealed a few moves later when White followed up with a splendid rook sacrifice to expose the black king. Having missed the critical defence, Black's king couldn't get back to safety, allowing Robson to finish the game in style.

Exercise: How should White proceed?

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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