Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Small Exchange in King's Indian

This game features the King's Indian Defence. My opponent was Thomas Small in a team match. This was the only chess game I won while I was visiting New Jersey. I lived in Pennsylvania. I do remember I had a draw vs Ernest Haile in a Dutch Defence.

The Main Line of the King's Indian Defence after 5.Nf3 is a very dynamic variation. Black has every expectation to play for a win. However one line simplifies the position when lots of material disappears from the board very quickly. The Exchange Variation 7.dxe5 dxe5 is a natural choice for some players who wish to limit their study. White was very willing to exchange pieces throughout this game until he dropped a pawn. Then he tried to avoid exchanges.

A lot of simple positions have one player attack at a time and the other defend. This game had many counter attacks. Let’s say, you attack me. Then instead of defending, I attack you! When we reached the endgame, Black threatened to win a second pawn which would have been a passed pawn. Then White resigned.

Small (1971) - Sawyer (1981), Bordentown, NJ 09.02.1985 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.0-0 [The main line is 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bg5 Re8 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.cxd5 c6 12.Bc4 cxd5 13.Bxd5=] 8...Nbd7 9.Be3 c6 10.Rb1 a5 11.a3 Ng4 12.Bc1 [12.Bg5!?] 12...Bh6 13.h3 Bxc1 14.Qxc1 Ngf6 15.Rd1 Qe7 16.Qh6 Re8 17.Ng5 Qf8 18.Qxf8+ Nxf8 19.Rd6 Kg7 20.Rbd1 Ne6 21.Nxe6+ Bxe6 22.b3 Kf8 23.Na4 [23.f3 Ke7 24.Na4 Red8=] 23...Nxe4 24.R6d3 b5 25.cxb5 cxb5 26.Nb2 Nc5 [26...Rac8-+] 27.Re3 f6 28.Bxb5 Reb8 29.Bc6?! [29.Bc4 Bxc4 30.Nxc4 Rxb3 31.Rxb3 Nxb3 32.Rd7=] 29...Ra6 30.Bd5 Nxb3 31.Bxe6 Rxe6 32.Nc4 a4 33.Rd7 Re7 34.Red3 Nd4 35.Rd6 Rc7 [35...Kg7=/+] 36.Nb6? [36.Rxf6+ Kg7 37.Rb6=] 36...Ke7 [36...Rc1+!] 37.Rxf6 Kxf6 [Even stronger is 37...Rd8!-+] 38.Nd5+ Ke6 39.Nxc7+ Kd6 40.Na6 Rb3 41.Nb4 Kc5 0-1

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