Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Bishop's Opening

by Robert Ris
3/11/2022 – This week Robert Ris takes a look at a game he played in the Icelandic Team Championships against IM Bjorn Thorfinsson. In the Bishop's Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Bc4) Robert followed a nice attacking scheme for White inspired by a game between Firouzja and Carlsen. Robert will discuss the ins and outs of this plan and also explain why it is actually not doo dangerous (at least if Black knows what to do of course). | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

London System London System

By playing the London System, with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4, White can avoid a theoretical discussion and instead use natural ability plus a knowledge of plans. The weight of the struggle tends to shift towards the middlegame, but White can also pull off devastatingly quick wins should Black be unaware of the dangers.


 Exercise: How should White proceed?


You can 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.


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