Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The aggressive Rossolimo Sicilian

by Robert Ris
5/6/2021 – In this week’s show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris shows how White can play the Sicilian Rossolimo in an aggressive way. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The Sicilian Rossolimo is perhaps not known for its aggressive nature, it does certainly lead to interesting positions with chances of building an attack against the enemy king. In our key game Matlakov-Truskavetsky from the Russian Team Championships, White went for a sort of hybrid Rossolimo/Open Sicilian with 3.Bb5 e6 4.0-0 Nge7 5.d4!?.

In this week's Fast & Furious we'll go through the critical lines and ideas for both sides, which the Black player was obviously not familiar with. His pieces were totally stuck on the queenside which allowed by White to sacrifice the exchange and launch a decisive attack on the other side of the board.

Here's a warm-up: White has a beautiful way to end the game immediately. Do you see it?


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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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