Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: Queen's Fianchetto Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6)

by Robert Ris
8/13/2020 – In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris presents a spectacular game by Luke Leon Mendonca, one of the most promising Indian talents. | "Fast and Furious" is available from 17:00 UTC (19:00 CEST / 15:00 EDT) on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here. | Photo: ChessBase India

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A promising talent, a spectacular game

This week we have a look at the spectacular game played in Italy, Spilimbergo, one of the very few Open tournaments which are currently taking place in Europe. The young Indian talent Luke Leon Mendonca played a marvellous attacking game with White to take the sole lead after 5 rounds. In todays show we will have a closer look at the speculative system 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6, the Queen's Fianchetto Defence, which probably for a good reason isn't often seen at top level, but potentially leads to very uncompromising middlegames.

To get into the mood: do you see White's winning move after 16...g6? 


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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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