Monday, January 11, 2016

Hit! Don't Hide vs King's Indian

Closed openings delay combat until the pawn structure is set. Then, charge! What if you hide instead of attack? Passive play is not safe. Sol Eldman outplayed me in 1979.

The Reti Opening 1.Nf3 transposed to a King's Indian Defence. I hid behind blocked pawns. Then I transferred my king to the queenside. I did not hit back at all.

This taught me a lesson. As I grew older, I discovered passive play fails to improve tactics. Without strong tactical skills you can never be a strong chess player.

King's Indian pawns e4/d5 vs e5/d6 give both sides pawn breaks to make progress. White could play to f4 or c5. Black could play to f5 or c6.

I closed the queenside with 12.d5 c5, but my opponent hit me with 13.Nb5. He broke through with 21.f4. I missed 25...Nh5 26.Ne2 f5 for a counter attack.

My queen passively protects my pawns. All my pawns end up on dark squares when I had my bad dark squared bishop. White used to the hole on f5 to great success with his knight, queen and king. Black was busy trying to watch h6, f6, and d6.

Eldman (2003) - Sawyer (2000), corr APCT 1979 begins 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.b3 g6 3.Bb2 Bg7 4.c4 0-0 5.g3 d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 c6 8.Bg2 e5 [8...Rb8!?=] 9.e4 a5 10.0-0 Re8 11.Re1 [11.dxe5 dxe5 12.Qe1=] 11...Qc7 12.d5 c5 13.Nb5 Qb6 14.h3 Nb8 15.a4 Na6 16.Kh2 Nc7 17.Bc1 Nxb5 18.axb5 Bd7 19.Ra2 Qc7 20.Ng1 Rf8 21.f4 Rae8 22.fxe5 dxe5 23.Rf2 Qd6 24.Bd2 b6 25.Qc1 Bc8 [25...Nh5 26.Ne2 f5=] 26.Ref1 Nd7 27.Ne2 f6 28.Kh1 Rf7 29.g4 Kf8 [29...Nf8 30.Ng3+/=] 30.Ng3 Ke7 31.g5 Kd8 32.h4 Kc7 33.Qd1 Bf8 34.Bh3 Be7 35.Be6 Rff8 36.gxf6 [36.Ne2+/-] 36...Rxf6 37.Rxf6 Nxf6 38.Bxc8 Rxc8 39.Bg5 Rf8 40.Kg2 Nd7 41.Rxf8 Bxf8 42.Qf3 h6 43.Bd2 Qf6 44.h5 g5 45.Nf5 Bd6 46.Kf2 Bf8 47.Ke2 Bd6 48.Qh3 Bf8 49.Ng3 Bd6 50.Qf5 Qxf5 51.Nxf5 Nf6 [51...Bf8 52.Bc3+/-] 52.Ng3 [52.Nxh6+-] 52...Kd7 53.Bc3 Ng8 54.Ke3 Ne7 55.Kf3 Ke8 56.Kg4 Ng8 57.Kf5 Kf7 58.Kg4 Nf6+ 59.Kf3 Nd7 60.Kg4 Nf6+ 61.Kf5 Ng8 62.Nf1 Ne7+ [62...Bb8 63.Ne3+/-] 63.Kg4 Ng8 64.Ne3 Nf6+ 65.Kf5 Nxh5 66.Bxe5 Bxe5 67.Kxe5 Nf6 68.Kf5 a4 69.bxa4 1-0

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