Thursday, July 7, 2016

King's Indian Defence vs Ross

One of the openings Hank Ross and I played was a King's Indian Defence. Ross responded to my Saemisch Variation by 5.f3 Nc6. When the center became closed after 6.Be3 e5 7.d5, we chose to castle on opposite sides.

The normal strategy for Black is to castle kingside and attack queenside. White castled queenside and attacked kingside. Ross invested his time and army in an effort to defend against my attack. The White king was under no danger ever! Except for Black’s early moves 4…d6, 5…Nc6, and 9…c6, every Black move in the entire game was either on the kingside or to the kingside. My chess friend Hank Ross demonstrated defense alone does not win. Good players attack as much as possible, but they must play accurately.

A good example of bad inaccurate play was my very short game vs Serdar Aykent (2113) in the notes. Spassky beat Fischer in the same line in 1992. I tried to improve upon Bobby Fischer’s play with my 11…Kh7, but then I accidently sacrificed a pawn. Forget it. Serdar Aykent was a good correspondence player. Last I looked his ICCF rating was 2266 based on 268 international games.

Sawyer (2100) - Ross (1709), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 Nc6!? [5...0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.h4 h5 9.Nc1 e5 10.d5 Ne7 11.Be2 Kh7 12.g4 c5 13.Nd3 b5 14.g5 1-0 Aykent,S-Sawyer,T/corr APCT 1993] 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Ne7 [7...Nd4!? 8.Nge2 Nxe2 9.Bxe2+/=] 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 [9.Bd3+/=] 9...c6 10.h4 h5 11.gxh5 gxh5? [Now White has open lines on the kingside and Black will be in big trouble. Correct is 11...Nxh5!= ] 12.Nge2 Ng6 13.0-0-0 Nh7? [13...cxd5 14.cxd5 a6 15.Ng3+/-] 14.Ng3 Nxh4 15.Be2 f5 16.exf5 Ng2 17.Bh6 Qf6? 18.Bxg7 Qxg7 19.Nxh5 Qg5 20.Qxg5+ Nxg5 21.Rdg1 Bxf5? [This drops a second piece. 21...Rxf5 22.Rxg2 Kf8 23.Bd3+-] 22.Rxg2 Kf7 23.Rxg5 Rg8 24.Rxf5+ Ke7 25.Ng3 Raf8 26.Rh7+ Ke8 27.Rxb7 Rxg3 28.Rb8+ Ke7 29.Rfxf8 Rg7 30.dxc6 1-0

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