Thursday, April 13, 2006


Back in Stride

I won my game last night against a solid opponent. I've been turning the Modern/Robatch defense into the King's Indian defence by playing c4. I think in some instances, this type of maneuver can throw people off their game, if they don't also the King's Indian Defense. Judging by some slow 5th, 9th, and 10th moves perhaps it's true. He really should be focused on playing f5 as soon as possible.

Overall, I enjoyed the game. I wasn't tired like last week, so I was thinking rather well. I like dynamic games when each side is attacking on one half of the board.

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1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. c4 d6 4. Nc3 Nd7 5. Nf3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Ngf6 8. d5 O-O 9. b4 h6 10. Ne1 Kh7 11. Be3 b6 12. Rc1 a5 13. a3 axb4 14. axb4 Ne8 15. Nd3 f5 16. f3 Nef6 17. c5 Rf7 18. Ra1 Ra6 19. Rxa6 Bxa6 20. Qa4 Bxd3 21. Bxd3 f4 22. Bf2 g5 23. Ra1 g4 24. Be2 h5 25. Qc6 Nb8 26. Qb7 Nbd7 27. Ra8 Qe7 28. Qxc7 g3 29. hcg3 dxc5 30. gxf4 exf4 31. bxc5 Ne8 32. Qc8 bxc5 33. Qxe8 Qxe8 34. Rxe8 Bxc3 35. d6 Kg7 36. Bc4 1-0

That's not a bad idea, Christopher. The opp that gave me fits in my championship win (the one that beat me to become co-champ) uses the Robatsch Gurgenidze as Black. So, I need to prepare for the Stonewall when I'm black against him and the Gurgenidze as white. I may take your cue and try to transpose into a KID like you've done here. Heck, it even looks like I could try something nasty like the 4-pawns variation of the KID and make things very uncomfortable for him. One thing I can tell from the way he plays chess is that he hates not to be in control and he hates highly-tactical situations. Forcing him to transpose into something he's not too familiar with may be the best route. I think I've figured out how to play against his Stonewall, so next year (or sooner if I have the chance to play against him) I should be VERY prepared for him.
well played! Nxe5 is a nice trick.

the problem is that while the opponent may not know the KID, neither would i know how to play against it! lol
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