Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Rapport plays the Dutch

by Robert Ris
1/28/2022 – This week Robert Ris takes a close how the Hungarian Grandmaster Richard Rapport, who is well-known for his interesting ideas, (successfully) treats the Classical Dutch with Black. Inspiring! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

London System London System

By playing the London System, with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4, White can avoid a theoretical discussion and instead use natural ability plus a knowledge of plans. The weight of the struggle tends to shift towards the middlegame, but White can also pull off devastatingly quick wins should Black be unaware of the dangers.


This week we have a closer look at a sideline of the Classical Dutch in which Black decides to place his dark-squared bishop on e7 rather than on the more common d6-square.

A spectacular game between Tigran Harutyunyan and David Shahinyan which was played earlier this month at the Armenian Championships serves as a true model game highlighting Black's aggressive intentions.

This game as well as a couple of other examples from Richard Rapport will make you consider playing this idea yourself too!

Exercise: A theoretical position which occurred in three games by Richard Rapport. What is Black's idea in this particular setup?


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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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