What's New- March '01
We've had some complaints here at Chess Publishing about the 'Hot Games' section. One reviewer dismissed it as just a 'plain database dump'. In line with the idea that the customer is always right I've decided to focus on the main games with commentary, and suspend this extra section of unanotated games pending your opinions. If enough of you want the supplementary games I will happily carry on. Personally, I find this extra useful- if nothing else it breaks up the analysis with a bit of humour.
Let me know!
The supply chain of fascinating King's Indian play shows no signs of slowing down.
To list the points of interest this month:
In Kuzmin-Li Shilong Black innovates in a Four Pawns attack eg 15...Bxd2!
Jay Bonin tries to bamboozle Seirawan in his pet system with what I can only describe as a 'Frankenstein-like' concoction eg 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Bd3 Nfd7!? 6 Nge2 c5 7 Be3 Nc6 8 d5 Nce5 9 f4 Nxd3+ 10 Qxd3 b5!?
Check out Gyimesi's 7 g4,
putting the question to 6...Na6
PH Nielsen finds a deceptively simple solution to the Dizdarevic Variation eg 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nf3 d6 4 Nc3 Bf5 5 g3!
You will find White's play clean and convincing.
Simon Williams is on heat against Joe Gallagher, eg 6 h4
His ardour is dampened.
Finally Nenashev-Nunn, a big-name Bundesliga clash where I recommend a very close look at 9 Rc1!
This move packs a deceptively powerful punch.
Of course there is more. I was very impressed with the quality and content of all the games this month. I happily commend them to you now.
KID805 Jonathan Mestel is an advocate of this system, and has been for years. Lev Gutman also gives it a punt when he needs to beat a weaker player. But I don't think Black's idea of delaying the movement of his d-pawn is that great- results tend to side with White.
KID798 one of the main lines of the Four Pawns Attack. I have often felt the early Nd2 variation is underestimated but here Kuzmin comes to grief.
KID799 To show that the battleground of the King's Indian has no limits....
KID802 features a favourite move of Novikov's. White dispenses with the thought of a Kingside attack and tries to strangle the life out of Black's position with a queenside pawn advance.
KID807 shows a lesser White try in this sharp variation.
In KID801 Black's position takes a little time to come to life after 6...Na6, hence White revs up for a Kingside attack, leaving the Na6 looking somewhat remote.
KID806 features the Smyslov Variation, a line causing tension for the impatient Black player who has to work very hard to create counterplay against White's rock-solid position.
KID800 is a rather original method of meeting 5 Bd3.
I like the fifth move of KID803 very much- it's an effective way to meet the provocative Dizdarevic Variation. White develops simply and hopes to take over the centre in time with e2-e4. Essentially 4...Bf5 hopes to provoke White into an overreaction. 5 g3 signals that White will not be tempted.
One admires the courage and the spirit necessary to launch White's sixth move of KID804. Is it any good though? I doubt it.
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Yours In Chess,
IM Andrew Martin