Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Belgrade Gambit

by Robert Ris
10/7/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris looks at a way to spicen things up in the Scotch Four Knights - the Belgrade Gambit: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nd5!?. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The Belgrade Gambit (5.Nd5) is an old weapon to bring life into the Scotch Four Knights. Rather than recapturing the pawn on d4, White plays 5.Nd5 and aims to exploit his lead in development.

In our game of the week, the well-known Swedish GM Jonny Hector caught IM Liam Vrolijk by surprise. After Black took a second pawn on e4 the relatively unknown 6.Bd3 led to a fascinating position in which White obtained fantastic attacking chances.

Exercise (analysis of the game Hector-Vrolijk): White to Play: What is Black's main weakness and how do you get there?


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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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