Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Vienna - new ideas in an old variation

by Robert Ris
5/26/2023 – In his Fast & Furious show, Robert Ris takes a look at the Vienna, which Richard Rapport recently tried in two top level games. | 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.


I have a close look at the Vienna Opening (1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4) as it was played twice by Richard Rapport in his games with Duda and Aronian at the Superbet Rapid Tournament in Warsaw.

Rapport's game with Duda in particular was incredibly exciting as the players took us back to the romantic era of chess. After 31 moves the players eventually agreed to a draw, but did White miss a good chance earlier on?

Exercise: Does it matter where the black king goes?

Feel free to move the pieces on the live diagram!

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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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