Monday, July 25, 2016

King's Indian Hughes 6.Nge2 Wins

White has a few related issues to deal with on the kingside when facing the King’s Indian Defence. These are the major questions:
1. Where will the light squared bishop be developed?
2. Where will the f-pawn go? It can stay on f2, or go to f3 or f4.
3. Where will the knight go? If the pawn goes to f3, then Nge2.

In our King’s Indian Defence game Robert Hughes played 5.Bd3, 6.Nge2 and only later 11.f3. Black got a passed pawn on d4, but was unable to use it effectively. All of a sudden on move 27 I decided to "play for a win" from a very equal position and mixed things up. The only one who got mixed up was me, and I obtain a losing position.

I must have been discouraged by the fact that I was down a pawn. White was winning. Again, I resigned when comparatively I stood only a little worse. Usually we play on when only down one pawn. The next year when we met in another APCT event. And again I had Black. I said forget this King’s Indian Defence stuff. I am going to play a gambit. That time I chose the Albin Counter Gambit and won.

Hughes (1800) - Sawyer (1944), corr APCT EMQ-3, 08.01.1997 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Bd3 0-0 6.Nge2 Nc6 [6...e5 7.d5=] 7.0-0 e5 8.d5 Nd4 9.Nxd4 exd4 10.Ne2 [10.Nb5 Re8 11.Re1 a6 12.Nxd4 Nxd5 13.cxd5 Bxd4=] 10...Re8 11.f3 c5 12.dxc6 [12.b4!?] 12...bxc6 13.Bg5 c5 14.Qd2 Qb6 15.Nf4 Be6 [15...Bb7 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.cxd5 Nd7=] 16.b3 a5 17.Rab1 Qb4 18.Qf2 Nd7 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Bd2 Qb6 21.f4 Rf8 22.Qg3 Rae8 23.f5 Ne5 24.Bc2 Qb7 25.fxg6 hxg6 26.Bf4 Kh7 27.Rf2 d3? [Better would be 27...Rf7= when Black has adequate defensive resources.] 28.Bxd3 Nxd3 29.Qxd3 d5? [29...Bd4 30.Be3 Rxf2 31.Bxf2+/=] 30.exd5 [30.e5 Rf5 31.Rbf1+/-] 30...exd5 31.Rf3 Bd4+ 32.Kh1 1-0

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