Wednesday, August 10, 2016

KID: Capa + Alekhine = Fischer

Jose Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine and Bobby Fischer greatly influenced my opening choices. They were similar and different.

Capablanca was a relaxed and popular personality. Capa went 10 years without a loss. He won repeatedly in a classical style.

Alekhine was an intense person. He constantly searched for new ideas in tactics and new ideas in opening theory. He loved complications on the board.

Fischer was an intense person. He chose clear strategical plans. Bobby played the same predictable openings over and over.

Robert Fischer combined Alekhine’s intense personality with Capablanca’s clear style. Fischer played both 1.e4 and 1.e4 c5. Against the Closed Openings Fischer played the King’s Indian for most of his career. After some losses to the Saemisch with 5.f3, he added the Gruenfeld. Then Fischer primarily played the KID vs an early Nf3 but not 5.f3.

Like Alekhine I keep looking for new opening ideas. Sometimes I make a new start with the King’s Indian Defence. Here I played a five minute blitz game vs “NewStart” from 2001. We contested a King's Indian Defence Saemisch Variation 5.f3.

White opened the g-file and the c-file. It helped my defense that we swapped queens. Then I posted a Black knight on f4. I offered to swap rooks which would leave me with a more active rook. When White refused, we repeated moves for a draw.

NewStart (2929) - Sawyer (2391), ICC 5 0 u Internet Chess Club, 09.04.2001 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 c6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.d5 cxd5 10.cxd5 a6 11.g4 h5 12.h3 b5 13.Bg5 Qa5 14.gxh5!? [Stockfish 14.a3+/= ] 14...Nxh5 15.Nd1 [I was immediately concerned about 15.Be7 Re8 16.Bxd6 because I did not see that Black has 16...Qb6! 17.Ba3 b4 18.Na4 Qf6 19.Qxb4 Qxf3-+] 15...Qxd2+ 16.Bxd2 Nc5 17.Be3 Nd3+ 18.Kd2 Ndf4 19.Nxf4 Nxf4 20.Rc1 Bd7 21.Rc7 Rfd8 22.Nf2 Rac8 23.Ra7 Ra8 24.Rc7 Rac8 25.Ra7 Ra8 26.Rc7 Game drawn by repetition 1/2-1/2

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