Friday, August 26, 2016

Pascute Bishop vs Kings Indian

The Kings Indian Defence allows the players lots of flexibility in development, strategy and tactics. Where should White play the light squared bishop? At first it is limited in its initial moves due to the presence of a pawn on c4. There are three main options.

White can fianchetto the bishop with 3.g3 and 4.Bg2. More often he occupies more central space with 3.Nc3 and 4.e4. If White continues with a Saemisch Variation 5.f3, the queenside bishop is developed first. Eventually the kingside bishop may go to Bd3 as long as Nge2 is not in the way. The Main Line 5.Nf3 normally sees 6.Be2.

In 1980 I played two postal chess games vs E. Bruce Pascute. In our Kings Indian Defence game where I had Black, Pascute as White played 6.Bd3. This changes the strategy for Black in two ways. The bishop on d3 can be attacked more easily by a knight from e5, c5 or b4. If Black plays …Bg4 the knight on f3 will be pinned.

Both strategies occurred in the game. After 7…Bg4 and 8…Ne5, the bishop retreated with 9.Be2. White could have maintained an equal game with 10.gxf3. White recaptured 10.Bxf3, and Black gobbled up a pawn by 10…Nxc4. The players battled on the queenside. When Black got two extra passed pawns to the sixth rank, White resigned.

Pascute (1623) - Sawyer (2050), corr APCT 1980 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 [6.Be2] 6...Nc6 [6...Bg4=] 7.a3 Bg4 8.d5 Ne5 [8...Nd4! 9.Be2 Nxe2 10.Qxe2 Nd7=/+] 9.Be2 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 [10.gxf3=] 10...Nxc4 11.0-0 Ne5 12.Be2 Ned7 [12...c5!] 13.Be3 c5 14.b4 a6 15.Rc1 b5 16.bxc5 [16.h3 Rc8=/+] 16...Nxc5 17.f3? [17.e5! Nfd7 18.e6 fxe6 19.dxe6 Nb6=/+] 17...Nfd7 18.Na2? [Now a3 falls and White is down two passed pawns on the queenside. 18.Nb1 Qa5-/+] 18...Qa5 19.Nb4 Qxa3 20.Nc2 Qa5 21.Bd2 Qb6 22.Be3 a5 23.Na3 b4 24.Nc4 Qb7 25.Rb1 a4 26.Bc1 Qa7 27.Kh1 Rfb8 28.Be3 a3 29.Bd4 Bxd4 30.Qxd4 b3 0-1

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