Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Poisoned Pawn Variation of the French Steinitz

by Robert Ris
2/24/2023 – In his 'Fast & Furious' show, Robert Ris takes a look at the recent developments in the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the French Steinitz. | "Fast and 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.


Theoretically speaking the line seems to be perfectly playable for Black, but one has to know so many details in order to hold the balance. Not surprisingly, many people have gone astray including the leading expert on the black side, Alexander Grischuk.

Exercise: White to play!


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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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