Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Playing 6.Bg5 to beat the Najdorf

by Robert Ris
9/2/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at a sharp and instructive game in the Sicilian Najdorf. Ris’ student Eline Roebers (15 years old) beat a player much higher-rated than her on her way to tournament victory at the Brugse Meesters in Belgium! | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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My 15 year-old-student Eline Roebers (World Champion Girls U14 2020) impressively managed to win the Brugse Meesters (Belgium) with a stellar 7½/9 performance.

In the 6th round she played a brilliant attacking game with the white pieces in a Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5, and managed to defeat her 200 points higher-rated opponent Nikolas Wachinger. The game contains quite a number of spectacular sacrificial ideas and other thematic plans for both sides. Enough reason to have a closer look at the ins and outs of this incredibly sharp variation.

Exercise: The following position already offers White a chance to seize the initiative in quite a spectacular way. Do you see how?


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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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