Wednesday, December 14, 2016

King's Indian Defence vs McCullough

Richard McCullough and I castled opposite sides in the Kings Indian Defence Saemisch. We attacked simultaneously. Famous grandmasters from my youth taught me that White can castle on the queenside and attack kingside without undo fear. This postal game took place years before I began playing the BDG.

T.D. Harding in his book, “Colle, London and Blackmar-Diemer Systems” ended his BDG coverage discussing options after 1.d4 Nf6. There in his final paragraph Tim wrote: “You are most likely to get what you want via 2.f3!? d5 (2…c5 can now lead to a Saemisch King’s Indian) 3.e4 de 4.Nc3. Good hunting!”

That was not a problem for me. I already played the Saemisch Kings Indian Defence among other lines when I had White. Later I played 1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Be3 reaching a line against the Pirc Defence that resembles the Saemisch.

Black must be careful in the King’s Indian Defence when opening up the position. White might take over the best lines for himself. In addition to this game, McCullough and I played the Queen's Gambit Tarrasch and a Scandinavian to Nimzo-Indian Defence.

Sawyer (2100) - McCullough (1797), corr APCT 1981 begins 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 [More popular is 7.d5=] 7...exd4 [7...c6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 a6 10.Kb1 b5 11.c5!?=] 8.Nxd4 [8.Bxd4 Nc6 9.Be3 Ne5 10.Nf4 c6 11.h4=] 8...Re8 [8...Nc6 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Be2=] 9.Qd2 [9.Be2 c6 10.Qd2 d5 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Rd1 dxe4 13.fxe4 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 Rxe4 15.0-0 Bxd4 16.Bxd4 Nc6 17.Bc3 Qxd2 18.Rxd2= when White has drawish compensation for the pawn.] 9...Nc6 10.0-0-0 Nd7 [10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Be6 12.Kb1 a6 13.Be2=] 11.Nc2 [11.h4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bxd4 13.Qxd4 h5 14.Be2+/=] 11...Nde5 [11...Nb6! 12.h4 Be6 13.Na3=] 12.h4 a5 13.h5 Be6 14.Bh6 Bf6 [14...Bxh6 15.Qxh6 g5 16.Nd5 Nd7 17.f4=] 15.Ne3 Bg5 16.Bxg5 Qxg5 17.Ncd5 Qd8? [17...Bxd5 18.Nxd5 Qxd2+ 19.Rxd2+/- and White wins material.] 18.Be2 [18.f4!+-] 18...Nb4 19.a3 Nxd5 20.cxd5 Bc8 21.Qc3 c5? [Now things open up big time in White's favor. 21...g5 22.Kb1+/-] 22.dxc6 bxc6 23.f4 Nd7 24.hxg6 fxg6 25.Rxd6 [Even more powerful is 25.Bc4+! d5 26.Nxd5!+-] 25...Re7 26.Bc4+ Rf7 27.Rxg6+ 1-0

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