Robert Ris’ Fast and Furious: The Nakhmanson Gambit

by Robert Ris
3/25/2021 – In this week’s show, well-known Dutch trainer Robert Ris takes a look at the surprising Nakhmanson Gambit. Give up a piece and go for a devastating attack — it will be tough for your opponent to find the precise defensive setup. | “Fast and Furious” is available on-demand with a ChessBase Premium Account. You can register a Premium account here.

Mastering Pattern Recognition in the Opening Mastering Pattern Recognition in the Opening

Pattern recognition is an important tool in modern chess, as it helps you to understand better the characteristics of a position. Particularly when you have been confronted with a surprise opening system played by your opponent, it helps when you can just


Catching your opponent by surprise

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4, the move 6.Re1 leads to a very well-known dry middlegame where there is little to play for. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but if you are looking for a sharper alternative you better try the piece sacrifice 6.Nc3!?, the starting point of the Nakhmanson Gambit!

Surely, most of your opponents will be caught by surprise. As White’s developing moves come very naturally and initiate a devastating attack in the centre, Black’s defensive task becomes very hard in practice.

In the spirit of “grab your opponent by the throat and don’t let him go”, I challenge you to solve the exercise. Do you see White’s spectacular idea to win the game?


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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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