Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A brilliant sacrifice

by Robert Ris
10/27/2022 – This week Robert Ris will have a look at a brilliant sacrifice in the Caro-Kann Advance Variation, which helped Pavel Eljanov to a fine win in the German Bundesliga. | "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.


A Caro-Kann brilliancy

The Ukrainian top GM Pavel Eljanov had a fantastic Bundesliga weekend, defeating both his compatriots Kryvoruchko and Ivanchuk. His win with the black pieces against Kryvoruchko he described as one of the best of his career.

In the Advance Variation of the Caro-Kann, he consciously allowed the opponent to trap his light-squared bishop. A brilliant long-term piece sacrifice in order to open up the centre and the files towards the white king. Not surprisingly, Kryvoruchko failed to find a proper defence and had to surrender on move 36.

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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.