Friday, August 19, 2016

French Kings Indian Attack 2.d3

I worked as a flag man on a road construction crew. We paved one lane wide ten miles a day. The powerful paving equipment did not move fast, but it flattened everything in its path. The move 2.d3 in the French Defence makes slow progress. The key is the power behind the move. Can White be stopped?

If you are normally a King’s Indian Defence player as Black then the King's Indian Attack 2.d3 makes sense against the French Defence. Bobby Fischer would play it sometimes. The theory is that when someone plays White against the King’s Indian Defence, they push for an early 4.e4. If you turn the board around, Black has played only …e6 and is also a tempo down just because they move second to begin the game.

In ICC I was squished by Squash. The 3054 rated player using that Internet Chess Club handle "Squash" back in 2011 was probably a computer. Humans were rarely rated that high. If they were, they would not likely play someone like me rated only 2101. I played this game well for 25 moves, but that was not enough.

Squash (3054) - Sawyer (2101), ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 24.11.2011 begins 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Nf6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.c3 [The most popular line is 8.Re1 b5 (8...h6!?=) 9.e5 (9.exd5=) 9...Nd7 10.Nf1 a5 11.h4 b4=/+] 8...Qc7 9.exd5!? [More common is 9.Re1 dxe4 10.dxe4 e5=] 9...exd5 10.Re1 h6 [Or 10...Bd6= ] 11.d4 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Nxd4 13.cxd4 Be6 14.Nf1 Rac8 15.Ne3 Bb4 [15...Rfd8=] 16.Bd2 Bxd2 17.Qxd2 Qd7 18.Rac1 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 Rc8 20.Rxc8+ Qxc8 21.f3 Ne8 22.Bf1 Nd6 23.Bd3 b5 24.b3 Qc7 25.Ng2 Bf5 [25...Nf5 26.Bxf5 Bxf5=] 26.Be2 Qc2?! [Black could defend better with the queens on the board. 26...a6= ] 27.Qxc2 Bxc2 28.Ne3 Bb1 29.a3 a5 30.Kf2 b4 [This drops a pawn. Black might have still been able to survive. Here is a possible continuation: 30...Ba2 31.Bd1 Nc8 32.Ke2 Ne7 33.Kd2 Bb1 34.Kc3 Bf5 35.f4 Bd7=] 31.axb4 axb4 32.Nxd5 Nf5 33.Nxb4 Nxd4 34.Bc4 Nc2 [White is also better after 34...Kf8 35.g4 Ke7 36.Ke3 Ne6 37.Nd5+ Kd6 38.f4+/-] 35.Nxc2 Bxc2 36.b4 Bf5 [36...Kf8 37.Ke3 Ke7 38.Kd4 f6 39.Kc5+-] 37.b5 Bd7 38.b6 Bc6 39.Bd3 Kf8 40.Be4 Black resigns 1-0


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