Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A queen sacrifice in the Makogonov Variation of the Kings Indian Defence

by Robert Ris
10/31/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the spectacular queen sacrifice that Alexandr Predke used to beat Nodirbek Yakubboev in round 2 of the Grand Swiss in Riga. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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After two rounds, the FIDE Grand Swiss in Riga has already produced an amazing amount of spectacular games. I have been particularly impressed by the game Predke-Yakubboev.

In the Makogonov Variation (5.h3) of the Kings Indian Defence White sacrificed his queen for two minor pieces, and since Black was behind in development and unable to activate his major forces, White could slowly guide all his pieces towards the black king, while making use of some hidden tactical resources. An amazing long-term sacrifice!

Exercise (taken from my analysis): 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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