Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Benoni Fianchetto

by Robert Ris
10/14/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris shows how White can use the Fianchetto System to fight for the initiative against the Benoni. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The game Mastrovasilis-Nikolov from the Greek Team Championship features some illustrative ideas for White to fight for the initiative in the Fianchetto System of the Benoni. The thematical pawn sacrifice e4-e5 helped White to create a passed d-pawn to paralyze the black pieces and to attack the black king. It is a model game you don't want to miss!

Exercise: Do you see White's spectacular idea to finish the game?


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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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