Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Nimzo-Indian with 4.f3

by Robert Ris
7/22/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the Nimzo-Indian with 4.f3, a sharp system that has helped White in many games to mate the opponent quickly. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The move 4.f3 has been considered as the sharpest way for White to play against the Nimzo-Indian, and in recent years this system has become a main alternative for players with White who want to avoid the more traditional lines such as 4.Qc2 (The Classical Variation) or 4.e3 (Rubinstein Variation).

In the recent encounter Adhiban-Delgado Ramirez from the World Cup, Black certainly didn't choose the most challenging setup when he tried 6...c6, but the way, in which the Indian GM treated this particular line, was still quite impressive. After 22 moves Adhiban's opponent resigned because he was mated. There's a reason why the fearless Indian player has 'the beast' as a nickname! 

Exercise: Do you see the final shot which finishes the game off in style?


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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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