Blitz Adventures #43: Fighting Fire With Fire

Generally speaking I’m a conservative and solid player so going against the King’s Indian tends to be abrasive to my style. This game was a little different than usual. I had been reviewing games where Black moves the knight from f6 in preparation to play f5 and White replies with g4 immediately before f5.

1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. d5 Nbd7 8. Be3 Ne8

The position is going to get very sharp for Black but not so much for White. Since I haven’t castled yet I have the liberty of playing Qc2 and then 0-0-0 when the time is right, the g and h pawns will be thrown up the board supported by two rooks and the center is closed so there won’t be any center attacking pressure. As for Black, their pieces aren’t very active. In the position above both bishops aren’t on good diagonals, the rooks aren’t connected, the knights are on the 7th and 8th ranks still and the pawn shield in front of the King is more of a liability than anything when h5 and h6 come.

9. g4 c5 10. Nd2 f5 11. gxf5 gxf5

Because Black pushed f5 largely unsupported after 12. exf5 Rxf5 what can Black do? Whites plans of Rg1, Qc2, 0-0-0, and Ne4 are very easy to play but not very easy to interact with. In the next position we can see Black hasn’t accomplished very much, two tempi were wasted with a superficial Queen side attack.

12. exf5 Rxf5 13. Qc2 Rf7 14. Bd3 Ndf6 15. 0-0-0 Qa5(Black moves the Queen rather than developing) 16. Nb3 Qc7(again Black must move the Queen rather than a supporting piece) 17. Rdg1

Black is under a lot of pressure here, the h7 pawn is weak, there is a pin on g7 looking to be exploited, Ne5 is on the table, the h pawn can still be thrown up the board.

The game is over in a few moves after this position because there is no possible defense for Black. The e3 Bishop is coming to h6 threatening to remove the best defender of the Black King and from there the combination of Queen and rook is too much with so few pieces.

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