Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Improved Milner-Barry Gambit

by Robert Ris
10/21/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the improved Milner-Barry Variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3!? cxd4 7.0-0, an interesting and aggressive way to fight the French Defense that has recently become more and more popular. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Recently, the Milner-Barry Gambit in the Advance Variation of the French has gained in popularity again. In the old main lines White was often ready to sacrifice both central pawns to open files against Black's king in the centre.

In recent games various strong players have fallen victim of a new concept in this line in which White quickly brings up the h-pawn to restrict mobility on the kingside. The lack of space often leads to mistakes by Black and gives White good attacking chances.

Exercise: Do you see the amazing resource Carissa Yip found here for White?


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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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