Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Playing against 3...a6 in the Queens Gambit Declined

by Robert Ris
5/19/2022 – This week Robert Ris shows how David Navara managed to beat the currently popular line with 3...a6 against the Queens Gambit Declined in a fine and instructive game played in the Czech Championship 2022. | "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.


The Janowski Variation (3...a6) has become a reliable alternative to the main lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined over the past couple of years. In this week's F&F show, however, we see that such a pawn move also slows down ones own development. Czech's no. 1 David Navara initially proceeded energetically and, despite a hitch, managed to win very convincingly in only 28 moves.  

Exercise: Can you see a very effective plan for White to strengthen the attack?


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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.