Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: New ideas in the Bayonet Attack

by Robert Ris
5/14/2022 – This week Robert Ris focuses on the Bayonet Attack in the King’s Indian Defence. He uses model games from elite players to illustrate the potential problems Black faces when White plays 11.a4 and 12.a5. | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

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In this video course, twenty-nine examples with multiple questions are presented in the interactive format, which is ideal for a range of playing strengths. Step by step you will be taken through the complex positions.


The Bayonet variation (9.b4) is still one of White’s most challenging options against the King’s Indian Defence. In the game Chigaev vs Tsydypov, White opted for the relatively new plan of bringing up the a-pawn (11.a4 & 12.a5), replacing the former main move 11.Ng5.

Model games from elite players like Anish Giri, Ding Liren and David Navara will also be discussed to illustrate the potential problems Black faces in this line.

Exercise: The rollercoaster game Navara vs Shevchenko, played in August last year, also featured the move 11.a4. Can you find White’s best move?


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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.