Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The ever-sharp French Winawer

by Robert Ris
3/3/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris analyses a sharp positional battle which emerged out of a Winawer variation in the French Defence. | Fast & 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.


We remain in French spheres this week. Last week we had an in-depth look at a sharp line of the Steinitz Variation. This week a fascinating game with the Winawer Variation will be the focus of the show.

The all-Serbian battle between Perunovic and Indjic started as a relatively quiet version of the normally hyper-sharp Winawer. Soon a sharp positional battle arose, though, and after some inaccuracies by both players, White eventually got a nice grip on the position and was able to carry out a devastating attack. As usual, the side with the initiative benefits from the presence of opposite-coloured bishops.

Exercise: How should White try to break through?


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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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