Thursday, June 9, 2016

King's Indian by Keith Richardson

I played Board 4 for the USA in the Xth Correspondence Team Olympiade. I don’t know who played on the upper boards for England, but my opponent was Keith B. Richardson. Our game was played from late 1982 through the end of 1983. At that time Keith was one of the strongest postal chess players in the world.

Bill Wall has a link entitled Chess in 1942 where he wrote:
“On February 22, 1942, Keith Bevan Richardson was born in Nottingham, England. He was awarded the IMC title in 1968 and the GMC title in 1975, he finished 3rd= in the World Correspondence Championships of 1975 and 1984.”

Richardson had written a book on the Gruenfeld Defence that I used to own. Against me Keith chose the King’s Indian Defence. The key aspect of our opening was my choice of 11.g4?! When I was young this seemed like it was an interesting attempt to stop Black's kingside attack. White could enjoy his space advantage on the queenside and play for a win. All that sounds nice in theory, but in practice Richardson was very creative and energetic. I learned later that this game was published in the British Chess Magazine and in another book I owned that was a collection of correspondence games.

Sawyer (2050) - Richardson (2500), CCOL10 prel 8287 corr, 1982 begins 1.c4 g6 2.Nc3 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.e4 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 [10.Nd3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bd2 Nf6 13.Be1!?+/=] 10...f5 11.g4?! [Experience has shown now that the better way to play is 11.Be3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Nd3+/=] 11...Nf6 12.Ng2 [In view of how things turned out on the kingside, 12.Nd3! looks like a much better move.] 12...c6 13.Be3 cxd5 14.cxd5 f4 15.Bf2 g5 16.Qd3 h5 17.h3 hxg4 18.hxg4 a6 19.a4 Kf7 20.Rfc1 Rh8 21.Ne1 Rh3 22.Bf1 Bxg4 23.Bxh3 Bxh3 24.Rc2?! [Houdini gives this lines as playable for White: 24.Nb1! Qh8 25.Nd2 g4 26.Nc4 Rd8 27.Bb6=. Now instead, Black finds a great concept. Playing the queen to the corner leads to a winning attack.] 24...Qh8! 25.Bb6 Qh4 26.Rh2 [White is already in a very difficult situation with his king trapped. 26.Bf2 Qh5 27.Bb6 g4-+] 26...Qg3+ 27.Kh1 Rh8 28.Bg1? Ng4 29.Qd2 Nxh2 30.Bxh2 Qh4 [Or 30...Bf1!-+] 31.Nd1 g4 32.fxg4 Bxg4 33.Qf2 Bf6 0-1

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