Robert Ris' Fast and Furious: A Tribute to Lubomir Kavalek (1943-2021)

by Robert Ris
1/21/2021 – In this week's show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris pays tribute to the legendary Grandmaster and writer Lubomir Kavalek, who passed away January 18, 2021, at the age of 77. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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Lubomir Kavalek and the Cordel Gambit

This week I pay tribute to the passing of legendary GM Lubosh Kavalek. Whenever I think of his name, his famous masterpiece against Eduard Gufeld in 1962 springs to mind, in which a massive pawn avalanche fully justified a double rook sacrifice.

In that game Kavalek employed the Cordel Gambit (Ruy Lopez 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 f5!?) which I have played numerous times myself. Hence, we will have a closer look at that game and the current stand of this variation.

But first a warm-up: In the position below, White has just played 7.d5. Would you just retreat the knight to e7 or is there a more energetic continuation?


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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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