Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The attractions of the Dilworth Variation

by Robert Ris
9/19/2022 – This week Robert Ris will have a look at the current state of the good old Dilworth Variation in the Open Ruy Lopez. The material imbalance of two minor pieces vs a rook and pawn (or two) leads to fascinating play with chances for both sides. | "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.


In the last couple of months quite a number of high-profile games have been played in this line (the amazing game Nakamura-Caruana from the Candidates springs to mind!) and top players like Caruana and Van Foreest even play the variation with both colours!

Exercise: A similar position arose in the game Onischuk-Kantor, Chennai 2022. Do you see the brilliant attacking idea White had in mind?


Feel free to move the pieces on the live diagram!

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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.