Sunday, May 15, 2016

King's Indian Quick Queenside

The King's Indian Defence promotes a strategy of attacking on opposite sides. White attacks on the queenside. Black attacks on the kingside. It becomes a race to see whose attack is stronger. My opponent Ronald Chaney transposed into the 5.Nf3 variation after 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3. He chose the main line 9.Ne1.

The center becomes blocked with big pawn chains. After a dozen moves the White pawns stretch from g2, f3, e4, d5, c4 and a4. Black has pawns on c7, d6, e5, f4 and g5. White expanded quickly on the queenside. Chaney played the unusual move 16.Na7 followed by 17.Nxc8. He eliminated my light squared attacking bishop.

Chaney kept up the pressure and busted open my queenside. Once White played 29.Rxc7, Black was in deep trouble. I attacked his White king. Unfortunately I did not bring enough fire power to the party. I had to sacrifice pawns to keep going.

When I resigned, I still had some moves, but no serious threats. I was down two minor pieces plus three pawns for a rook. It was time to focus on other games and call it a day in this one. Ron Chaney played it well. We faced each other many times in correspondence play. In the early years of postal chess, I had the better record. In the later years of email, Chaney had a much better record.

Chaney - Sawyer, corr APCT EMQ-2, 30.07.1996 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 [10.Nd3 f5 11.f3+/=] 10...f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 h5 15.Nb5 a6 16.Na7 Nf6 17.Nxc8 Qxc8 18.c5 g4 19.Rc1 Qd7 20.c6 [20.Qb3+/-] 20...bxc6 21.Rxc6 g3 [21...Ne7 22.Rxa6+/-] 22.hxg3 fxg3 23.Bxg3 h4 24.Bh2 [24.Bf2+-] 24...Nh5 25.Bxa6 [25.Qc1+/-] 25...Bh6 26.Qd3 Bf4 27.Bxf4 [27.b4+/=] 27...Ngxf4 28.Qc2 Ng3 29.Rxc7 Nh3+ [Black is winning after 29...Qd8! 30.Rc6 h3!-+] 30.Kh2 Nxf1+ 31.Bxf1 Qd8 32.gxh3 1-0

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