Foxy 192: The Norwegian Rat Part 1 - GM Ron Henley


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Foxy 192: The Norwegian Rat Part 1 by GM Ron Henley
Magnus Carlsen's Secret Weapon

Opening System for Black versus 1.e4 or 1.d4. Magnus has played the Norwegian Rat since 2010, but in recent years has scored 4 wins and 1 loss in World Championship Blitz Events, including wins versus Anand and Caruana!

In the last two years he began employing the Norwegian Rat in his 13 part Chess24.com Banter Blitz series while taunting his opponents “Can anyone equalize against the Rat?” While crushing GMs rated from 2500 to 3200 as well as non-masters, Magnus racked up a stunning 19 wins and 1 loss!

Part 1:
The h5 Rat Gambit Accepted
3.e5Nh5 4.Be2 d6! 5.Bxh5 gxh5 6.Qxg5, White wins a pawn, but brings the Queen out early and falls behind in development. Black gains a half-open g file and the Bishop Pair!

The h5 Rat Gambit Declined
3.e5 Nh5 4.Be2 d6! 5.Nf3 White chases the black Knight to h5, but does not capture it. Black completes his development and chips away at the white pawn center.

The h5 Rat Gambit Declined
3.e5 Nh5 4.Be2 d6! 5.exd6 Qxd6 A Scandinavian with the Knight on h5.

The Knight Exchange Variation
3.e5 Nh5 4.Be2 d6! 5.Nxe4dxe4

GM Ron Henley Chess Instructor, Lecturer & Coach GM Ron Henley is the author of several books and over 30 DVDs.

Video Running time: 3 hours 49 minutes

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