Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Going for 6.Bd3 against the Najdorf

by Robert Ris
5/5/2022 – This week Robert Ris looks at the line with 6.Bd3 against the Najdorf, only the tenth most popular against the sharp defence. Facing this move with Black is no easy task, though, as was demonstrated in an all-Ukrainian confrontation at the Bundesliga. | "Fast and 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.


Despite being only the tenth most popular move against the Sicilian Najdorf, 6.Bd3 is not an easy move for Black. This fact was clearly demonstrated in the Bundesliga game between two Ukrainian players — Kirill Shevchenko and Andrei Volokitin. White built up a promising position, and after merely one subtle mistake, he got the chance to sacrifice his knight on f5, opening up lines against the black king. 

Exercise: Can you find the finishing touch?


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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.