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J. Zhu vs S. Finn

Kings Indian Defense

In this chess lesson we analyze a game of Sean Finn, one of our teammates who plays the Kings Indian highlighting the importance of the bishop pair in the middlegame.

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White can always entertain the idea of a kingside attack and here there is no reason not to play it.} Nf4 {This is the typical reply to g2-g4 but this ends up playing into white’s hands here.} 12. Nxf4 exf4 13. Bxf4 f5 14. h3 $1 {White has a complete grip on the position. Black lacks counterplay in return for the pawn.}) 11... f5 (11... Bxh6 12. Qxh6 f5) 12. Bxg7 Kxg7 {This exchange significantly helps black. It removes black’s worst piece and leaves White weak on the dark-squares. There are openings like the Dragon Sicilian in which White tries to eliminate Black’s dark-squared bishop to help create an attack but in the King’s Indian it is black who is focusing on the kingside.} 13. Ng3 $1 Nf4 (13... Nxg3 $2 14. hxg3 {White would be poised for a dangerous attack.}) 14. h4 h6 (14... Ng8 { This was also a good option.}) 15. Nce2 fxe4 $2 (15... Nxe2 $1 16. Bxe2 f4 $1 17. Nf1 c5 $1 {Black has an overwhelming space advantage here.}) 16. fxe4 $2 ( 16. Nxe4 $1 {White absolutely has to get the knight back into the center so that it has a purpose. On g3 it is dominated by the Black pawn on g6.}) 16... c5 {A nice idea by Sean to help limit white’s counterplay while also getting ready for Black to open up a second front with the move b7-b5.} 17. Nxf4 Rxf4 18. Be2 Ng8 $1 {A strong maneuver by Sean. It will bring the knight back to the center where it exerts pressure on e4 and helps cover other important kingside squares.} 19. h5 g5 {A position like this illustrates why it is in Black’s interest to trade off the dark-squared bishops. Black’s dark-squared bishop would be completely shut in, while now white has the same problem for his bishop.} (19... Qg5 {This was also good.}) 20. Rf1 b5 $2 (20... Bd7 $1 { It was best to prepare more before opening up the queenside.}) 21. Kd1 $2 (21. b4 $1 {A surprising resource! After this move White is right back in the game. The center becomes very unstable and white’s pieces will activate.} cxb4 22. c5 {The game becomes very complicated. Black’s pieces on the back row are seriously misplaced to deal with all the action taking place in the center here.}) 21... Nf6 22. Qd3 $2 (22. b4 $1 {This is White’s last chance to create some play for himself. Black has an advantage but it is still a fight.}) 22... bxc4 23. Qxc4 Rb8 $1 {Now Sean is total control. White’s pawns are overextended and Black has tremendous counterplay on the dark-squares.} 24. Kc2 Rb4 $1 {White’s position collapses.} 25. Qd3 Rd4 26. Qc3 Nxe4 27. Nxe4 Rdxe4 28. Bd3 Rd4 29. Kb1 Qf6 $1 {I remember watching the game while playing mine and thinking that Sean is setting a trap for his opponent. Although it looks like Black is simply making a developing move there is a hidden threat behind it.} (29... Rxd3 $4 30. Qxd3 Bf5 31. Qxf5 Rxf5 32. Rxf5 $11 {This would be an absolute disaster for Black. 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J. Zhu vs S. Finn

Kings Indian Defense

Sean Finn, one of our teammates is playing the black pieces in this game. He plays a King’s Indian Defense, which leads to a big struggle. His opponent makes the wrong decision to trade bishops in the middlegame which leads to a big attack for Sean. Sean brings the point home and helps bring us one round closer to playing for first place in the final match.

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Chess Lessons Passers Zhu Vs Finn
J. Zhu
S. Finn
Amateur Team Championship – East
February 14, 2021Internet Chess Club
Kings Indian Defense

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