Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: An interesting gambit

by Robert Ris
8/25/2022 – This week Robert Ris will have a look at an interesting gambit which Black can use to spice things up after 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4. With 4...e5!? Black indicates that he is ready to give a pawn to get good play. | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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The move-order 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 would normally lead to the main line of the Kings Indian after 4...d6 5.d4, but instead 4...e5!? is a popular alternative, which leads to relatively unexplored positions.

Black sacrifices a pawn already on move 4 and does obtain quite nice positional (long-term) compensation by gaining control over the central dark-squares.

One of the main issues for White is what to do with his king. In the game Donchenko-Tomczak, White didn't find a good solution and got crushed in only 24 moves, though it should be said the game abruptly ended after White's blunder on the final move.

Exercise: What did he overlook?


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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.