Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Fantasy Variation (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3)

by Robert Ris
4/8/2021 – In this week’s show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the Fantasy Variation, an interesting way to fight the Caro-Kann that often leads to sharp and double-edged positions. | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The Fantasy Variation (3.f3)

The Fantasy Variation (3.f3) is one of its kind and leads to a totally different type of position than you normally get to see in the Caro-Kann. Our main game Maghsoodloo-Braun quickly left the theoretical main lines and soon Black was struggling to find a safe place for his king.

The young Iranian star didn't hesitate and sacrificed a piece which definitely set Black some practical problems to solve.

But first a warm-up: How should Black cope with White's threats?


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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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