Vienna Variation 6. Bc4 Gambit

Vienna Variation 6. Bc4 Gambit

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6
4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4

This opening line has been (already for many years) frequent guest in top level tournaments. Plenty of theoretical knowledge is definitely needed (for the both sides), however White players have (so far) not found the way to pose Black problems in the main lines (6.Bg5 being the most common choice). White can however escape tons of theory and choose for a daring gambit.

6.Bxc4!? White sacrifices pawn in order to gain (development) time. This gambit has good reputation being employed by some of the World very best (Aronian, Topalov, Mamedyarov… to name just a few). In this blog we will follow one of the main lines (sidelines are also well explained in the video).

6…Nxe4 7.0–0 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Be7
[Snatching another pawn with 8…Bxc3 loses too much time and this greed will not do Black any good (as explained in video & downloadable PGN). ]

9.Ne5 0–0 10.Qg4 Nc6 11.Re1!
[11.Bh6 Bf6 Black is fine, as in Bacrot-Van Kampen (shown in the video).]

11…f5 [11…Nxe5 12.dxe5 is unclear.]

12.Qf3 Nxe5 13.Rxe5 Kh8 14.Bf4 Bd6

White can retreat his rook and regain his sacrificed material (soon collecting black “e6–pawn”). White however decides for positional exchange sacrifice!

15.Rae1!? Bxe5 16.Bxe5
Black has difficulties with coordinating his forces and White has full compensation for the sacrificed material. Robert Ris gets rewarded for his courage and goes on to win versus Ukrainian top GM Yuri Kuzubov. Robert explains in this video ins & outs of his opening preparation that helped him beat his formidable opponent!

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