Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: Sicilian Dragon (6.g3)

by Robert Ris
7/1/2021 – This week, the well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look how Black can spice up the Sicilian Dragon even if White tries to have a quiet life. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Sicilian Dragon players are usually in for an uncompromising attack game with opposite castled kings, but not every White player takes up the challenge to castle queenside.

In this week's Fast & Furious we have a look at some old and new ideas in the modest Fianchetto Variation (6.g3) in which White is opting for a quieter type of game. Our Game of the Week is Black's crushing victory in Le Hetet-Grandelius from the French Team Championships.

The Swedish no.1 came up with the interesting plan to postpone kingside castling and instead created a powerful attack with Bd7/Qc8 followed by launching his h-pawn. The French player clearly underestimated Black's attacking potential and had to resign on move 20!

A classic: what would you play here as Black?


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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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