Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Podymov King's Indian Defence

I played many masters in my chess career. Here is one Russian master whom I played by postal chess in 1984. Correspondence between our countries was long and slow during the Cold War. My opponent was the International Correspondence Chess Master Alexander Vladimirovich Podymov from Russia. He was born in the year 1953 and has a FIDE rating of 2300. His ICCF rating is 2311, down from 2363. My ICCF rating is 2157.

This game featured the King's Indian Defence. As one might imagine those of us who learned the game of chess in the days of Bobby Fischer were influenced by his opening systems. From time to time the urge to play the King’s Indian returns to me. In postal chess we were able to consult chess books in the search for opening theory. There were no databases nor any strong chess engines to help.

Podymov played the main line 5.Nf3 variation against my main line up to 9.Nd2 c5. The move 9.Nd2 is popular and dates back at least to the 1960s where it was played many times in grandmaster tournaments by Taimanov and Gligoric. The move 9…c5 was played by Tringov and Geller. By 1971 this line was played in the game Korchnoi vs Fischer. Here I provide detailed analysis of the 9.Nd2 variation.

Podymov - Sawyer, corr ICCF 1984 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Nf3 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 c5 [9...a5 10.a3 Nd7 11.Rb1 f5 12.exf5 Nxf5 13.Nde4 Nf6 14.Bg5=; 9...Nd7 10.b4 f5 11.f3 a5 12.bxa5 Rxa5 13.Nb3 Ra8 14.Be3=; 9...Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.f3 a5 12.bxa5 Rxa5 13.Nb3 Ra8 14.c5+/=] 10.dxc6 [Alternatives are 10.Rb1 a5 11.a3 Ne8 12.b4 axb4 13.axb4 b6 14.bxc5 bxc5 15.Nf3+/=; or 10.a3 Ne8 11.b4 b6 12.Nb3 f5 13.f3 Nf6 14.Rb1 Bd7 15.Bg5+/=] 10...bxc6 11.b4 [11.Nb3 a5 12.Bg5 h6 13.Be3=] 11...d5 12.Ba3 [12.Rb1 Rb8 13.Qc2=; 12.Re1 d4 13.Na4=] 12...a6 [12...Re8 13.Re1 Be6 14.Bf1 Rb8=] 13.Re1 Be6 14.Bf1 Re8 15.Bb2 d4! 16.Na4 Nd7 17.Nb3 Nc8 18.Nbc5 [Or 18.Nac5= ] 18...Ncb6 19.Nxe6 Rxe6 20.Bc1 [20.Nxb6 Qxb6=] 20...Nxa4 [20...a5=] 21.Qxa4 c5 22.a3 f5 [22...Rc8=] 23.Bd3 [23.g3=] 23...f4 24.Bd2 1/2-1/2

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