Trying to Disrupt a Kings Indian Player’s King Side Attack

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Any grizzled USCF chess tournament veteran knows a player who essays the Kings Indian Defense is chomping at the bit to attack the White King. However if Black gets too frisky with his attacking ambitions, his own Kingside can become rather breezy and be vulnerable to Queenside and center encroachment by White.

In the following blitz game played at ICC, MrPlanck (must be a physics guy) allowed the following position on the Black side of a King’s Indian Defense. He just played Qc8 with the intentions of winning the e6 pawn. Nd5 looks like a sensible reaction, but since the c7 pawn is guarded by the e8 Knight …….. maybe not.

A better move than Nd5 turns out to be 14. a6    when the natural move b6 is answered by the very strong Nd5.  Now the natural Qxe6 loses to 16. Nxe7 because of Qd5 check winning a whole rook at a8!  Remember, every tactic must be based on double attack and a hanging piece. Moral to this story: Natural looking chess moves can lead to completely lost or busted positions.

 

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  1. This post reminds me of a lecture I got from John Patty. He said pretty much the same thing you said about White having to break through in the center before getting steamrolled on the king side.
    This lecture was delivered, I think, at the same tournament where Patty gave up against Calogridis which pissed off Curtin. Curtin made a point similar to the the integrity of the game in baseball principle.
    Patty could be grumpy and irritable at times.

    1. Baseball pundit and writer Joe Posnanski blundered when he described The swing of Dodger batter Cody Bellinger as a miracle.

      Now if Joe Posnanski meant it would be a miracle if Bellinger ever hit the ball, I get it! Bellinger completely folded in game 3 of World Series against Houston Astros and then said he wasn’t worried about it. He struck out 3 times and never got on base, but was still trying to act confident and cool.

      Now, I know Joe Posnanski is under pressure to produce articles, but don’t try to glorify a guy that one dimensionally swings for the fence every at bat!

  2. One last thing, Curtin was upset enough to write Texas Knights to air his discontent. Texas Knights was the publication of the Texas Chess Association at the time.

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