Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Ukrainian Immortal

by Robert Ris
2/28/2022 – This week Robert Ris presents the "Ukrainian Immortal", a fantastic game, in which White slowly develops a strong attack, which he crowns with a series of sacrifices. | "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.


This week I'd like to take a look at the game Korchmar-Poliak, Kiev 1931 – an absolute fantastic game in which White builds up a very promising attack by simple means and launches a beautiful series of sacrifices to tear down Black's resistance – there are good reasons why this game is called the "The Ukrainian Immortal". 

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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