Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: A crushing win against the Bayonet Attack

by Robert Ris
12/9/2021 – This week, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris looks at an entertaining attacking game in the King's Indian. Enjoy! | "Fast and Furious" is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

London System London System

By playing the London System, with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.Bf4, White can avoid a theoretical discussion and instead use natural ability plus a knowledge of plans. The weight of the struggle tends to shift towards the middlegame, but White can also pull off devastatingly quick wins should Black be unaware of the dangers.

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The game Lagarde-Jones from the London Chess Classic features the good old Bayonet Attack (9.b4) against the Kings Indian Defence. White sacrificed a pawn and managed to create some play on the queenside, but Black typically decided to launch a counter attack against the king.

As White was about to promote his pawn, Black's threats against the white king were at least as strong and eventually proved to be decisive as White cracked under the pressure. A very enjoyable game for the public!

Exercise: The critical moment of the game has been reached. What should White do here?

 

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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.

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