Tuesday, October 25, 2016

King's Indian Defence vs Madison

In chess it is good to have a plan, a predetermined strategy that gives you an idea of exactly how you intend to win a position. For example, when I played White in a King’s Indian Saemisch, then I typically did the same thing all the time if allowed. My basic plan was to play Be3 and Qd2 followed by Bh6, h4 and h5 as soon as possible. I may or may not 0-0-0 or play Nge2, g4 and Ng3.

All this is very fine. It often works. But if the position is similar but not exactly what I expect, then White needs to think a little more. Stronger players will memorize exact moves to play against the most popular opening continuations. The more such positions that you already know, the faster and better you can play.

Eventually players will reach a position beyond what they have actually memorized. For most players in most games, that will be within the first 10 moves. Danger lurks behind every move as soon as you leave your rote memory opening path. Most players blunder on the first or second move out of their opening book, especially in blitz chess.

Harold O. Madison chose the Panno Variation 6…Nc6. The first eight moves were easy. Move nine gave White many reasonable choices. I followed my basic plan 9.Bh6, but that was a mistake. When Black failed to capture my bishop I was able to mount a successful attack. I added other options in the notes.

Sawyer (2100) - Madison (1884), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 Rb8 8.Qd2 a6 9.Bh6?! [Computers like 9.Nc1 e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Nb3 Nxb3 12.axb3+/=; Another try was 9.Rb1!? b5 10.cxb5 axb5 11.b4 e5 12.d5 Ne7 13.g4= 1-0 (24) Quirk,M (1878)-Sawyer,T (2050) corr APCT 1983] 9...b5 [9...Bxh6 10.Qxh6 b5!=/+] 10.h4 e5 [10...Bxh6 11.Qxh6 bxc4=] 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.h5 Kh8 [12...bxc4! 13.d5 Na5=] 13.hxg6 [13.cxb5+/=] 13...fxg6 14.Qh6 Qe7 15.Qxg6 Rg8 16.Qh6 Nxd4? [16...Nb4 17.0-0-0 bxc4 18.Kb1+/=] 17.Nxd4 exd4 18.Nd5 Nxd5 19.cxd5 Bf5 20.0-0-0 [20.Qd2!+-] 20...Bg6 21.Rxd4 Qe5 22.Qe3 Rbc8 23.Qc3  [23.f4!+-] 23...Rge8 [23...c6 24.dxc6 Rxc6 25.Qxc6 Qxd4 26.Qc3+/-] 24.Rd3 Qxc3+ 25.Rxc3 b4 26.Rc6 a5 27.Ba6 [Or 27.Kd2+- ] 27...Ra8 28.Kd2 Ra7 29.Rhc1 1-0

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