Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A tactical slugfest

by Robert Ris
10/20/2022 – This week Robert Ris will have a look at a tactically and strategically fascinating game between Duda and Carlsen, in which Carlsen tried a King's Indian, which soon led to entertaining complications. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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A tactical slugfest in the King's Indian

The key game of this week's show is a fascinating King's Indian battle between Duda and Carlsen. White opted for the modern interpretation of the Makogonov system (with 5.h3 & 6.Be3), against which Black soon came up with a typical knight sacrifice winning a pawn. However, once the smoke was cleared it became clear this was just the beginning of a tactical slugfest.

In order to maintain the initiative Duda eliminated the crucial dark-squared bishop, obtained a wonderful attack against Black's king and had the World Champion on the ropes, but failed to finish the game off rightaway. After a huge missed opportunity by Black, Duda got a second chance and secured match victory in style.

Exercise: Does it matter where the black king goes to?


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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.