Play the French

King's Indian Attack

1. e4 e6 2. d3

2. ♕e2 ♘c6 is a sensible move with the white queen on e2. Black immerdiately tries to take control of d4. In this variation Black wants to play ...e5 and, if possible, follow up with ...d5 in order to fight for the centre.

a) 3. c3 e5

a1) 4. f4 d6 keeps the centre.

a11) 5. d4 exd4 6. ♘f3 ♗g4=/+

a12) 5. d3 g6 ( 5... ♘f6 6. ♘f3 ♗e7 7. g3 ) 6. ♘f3 ♗h6 7. g3 ♘f6 8. ♗g2 ( 8. fxe5 ♗xc1 9. exf6 ♕xf6 ) 8... ♘h5!=/+

a13) 5. ♘f3 5... exf4 leads to a favourable version of the King's Gambit. 6. d4 g5 protects the pawn on f4. 7. h4 g4 8. ♘g1 ( 8. ♘g5 h6 9. ♘xf7 ♔xf7 10. ♗xf4 ♘f6 ) 8... ♗h6

a2) 4. ♘f3 4... ♗e7 transposes to the main line.

b) 3. g3 d5 4. exd5 ♘d4

c) 3. ♘f3 3... e5

c1) 4. g3 ♗c5 5. ♗g2 ♘f6 6. O-O O-O 7. d3 ( 7. c3 d5! ) 7... d6=

c2) 4. c3 This is the only logical move in order to control d4. At this point I propose two interesting attempts for Black that try to restrict the white queen on e2. 4... ♗e7 ( 4... ♕e7 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 d5 7. exd5 ♘b4 8. ♗e3 ♘f6= ; 4... ♗c5 5. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 6. d4+/= )

c21) 5. g3 d5 6. d3 ♘f6 7. ♗g2 O-O 8. O-O ♗g4 ( 8... d4 ; 8... ♖e8 ) 9. h3 ♗h5=

c22) 5. d4 5... exd4

c221) 6. cxd4 d5 This is one of the key positions. This counterstrike in the centre is possible because the bishop on e7 limits the effect of White's queen on the e-file.

c2211) 7. e5 ♗f5 8. a3 ( 8. ♕d1 ♘b4 9. ♘a3 c6= ) 8... f6

c2212) 7. exd5 7... ♘b4 8. a3 ♘xd5

c22121) 9. ♕c2

c221211) 9... ♗d6 10. ♘c3 ( 10. ♗d3 ♕e7+! ; 10. ♘e5 ♗e6 ) 10... ♘xc3 11. bxc3 ♘f6=

c221212) 9... ♘gf6 10. ♗d3 O-O 11. O-O h6=

c22122) 9. ♘c3 9... ♘gf6 10. ♕c2 O-O 11. ♗d3 c5 12. O-O cxd4 13. ♘xd4 ♘xc3 14. bxc3 ♖e8=

c222) 6. ♘xd4 6... d5 7. ♘xc6 bxc6 8. ♘d2 ♘f6 ( 8... ♕d6 9. h3 ♘h6 ) 9. e5 ♘d7=

2... d5 Black threatens to play 3...dxe4 and to exchange queens. After that Black would not have any problems. In order to avoid this scenario, White has two logical attempts.

3. ♘d2

3. ♕e2 ♘c6 4. ♘f3 ( 4. c3 e5 5. ♘f3 ♘f6= ; 4. exd5 ♘d4 5. ♕d1 exd5=/+ )

a) 4... ♗e7 5. e5 f6 6. d4 fxe5 7. dxe5 ♗c5= 8. ♗e3 ♗xe3 9. ♕xe3 ♘ge7 10. ♘bd2 O-O ( 10... a5 ; 10... ♘f5 11. ♕c3 ♕e7 12. O-O-O a5 ) 11. O-O-O a5

b) 4... d4 is almost a novelty.

b1) 5. e5 is the critical try. 5... ♕d5! is an important move that works well because White cannot develop his kingside easyily.

b11) 6. g3 would be the natural reply, but it fails to 6... ♘xe5! 7. ♘xe5 ( 7. ♕xe5 ♕xf3 8. ♖g1 ♕d5=/+ ; 7. ♗g2 ♘xf3+ 8. ♗xf3 ♕d7=/+ ) 7... ♕xh1 8. f3 ( 8. ♕h5 g6 9. ♘xg6 ♘f6 ) 8... f6 9. ♘c4 ♘e7−+

b12) 6. c4 ♕a5+ 7. ♘bd2 ( 7. ♗d2 ♕b6 ) 7... ♘ge7 8. g3 ♘b4 9. ♕d1 ♘g6 10. a3 c5 11. h4 ♘c6=

b13) 6. ♘bd2 6... f6 ( 6... ♘ge7 7. c4 ) 7. exf6 ♘xf6

b131) 8. c4 dxc3 9. bxc3 ♗e7=

b132) 8. a3 ♗d6 9. g3 O-O 10. ♗g2 ♕h5 11. O-O ( 11. h3 e5 ) 11... e5=/+

b133) 8. g3 8... ♘b4 9. ♔d1 ♗d6 10. ♗g2 O-O=/+

b2) 5. c3 5... e5 keeps the centre. Black follows up with ...Nf6, ...Be7 and ...Be6 or ...Bg4. If White captures on d4, Black can retake with the knight or the pawn. Usually, it is better to place the knight on d4 and to control the square. If the knight on g8 is not developed yet, it can be transfered to c6 via e7.

b21) 6. ♘bd2 ♘ge7= ( 6... ♗e6 )

b22) 6. ♕c2 6... ♘ge7 ( 6... ♘f6 ) 7. cxd4 ♘xd4 8. ♘xd4 ♕xd4 9. ♕xc7 ♘c6−+

3... ♘c6 Because 4. exd5 is not a threat, Black does not need to play 3...d4.

4. ♘gf3

4. g3 ♘f6 5. ♘gf3 ( 5. ♗g2 dxe4 6. ♘xe4 e5= ) 5... dxe4 ( 5... e5 ) 6. dxe4 ♗c5 7. ♗g2 e5 8. O-O O-O 9. ♕e2 ( 9. c3 a5 10. ♕c2 ♕e7 11. ♘c4 ♖d8= ) 9... ♕e7 10. c3 a5 11. ♘h4 ( 11. ♘b3 ♗d6=/+ ) 11... ♗g4 ( 11... g6 12. ♘b3 ♗a7 ) 12. ♗f3 ( 12. ♕b5 ♘a7 ) 12... ♗h3=

4... ♘f6 tries to provoke the advance e5. If White played e5, it would lead to positions that differ from the usual positions of the King's Indian Attack and it might also be a loss of a tempo for White.

5. c3

5. e5 ♘d7 6. d4 f6 7. exf6 ( 7. ♗b5 fxe5 8. dxe5 ♗e7 9. O-O O-O 10. ♖e1 a6 11. ♗xc6 bxc6 12. ♘b3 c5 13. ♘a5 ♘b6= ; 7. ♗d3 fxe5 8. ♘xe5 ♘dxe5 9. dxe5 ♘xe5 10. ♕h5+ ♘f7 11. ♗xh7 ♕f6=/+ ) 7... ♕xf6 8. ♘b3 e5 ( 8... ♗d6 9. ♗g5 ♕f7 10. ♗e2 e5 11. dxe5 ♘dxe5= ) 9. dxe5 ♘dxe5=

5. g3 - 4.g3

5... e5

5... ♗d6

6. ♗e2

6. b4 a6 7. ♗b2 ( 7. a3 ♗e7 8. ♗e2 O-O 9. O-O ♕d6⁉N ) 7... ♗e6 8. ♗e2 ♗d6=

6... ♗d6 7. O-O O-O A position from the Philidor with reversed colours has a arisen.

8. b4 gains space on the queenside.

8. ♖e1 ♖e8 ( 8... ♘e7 9. d4! ) 9. ♗f1 h6=

8... ♘e7! The knight wants to go to g6 and vacates the square c6 to allow ...c6 to stabilize the centre.

9. ♗b2 ♘g6 10. ♖e1

10. g3 c6 11. ♖e1 h6 12. ♗f1 a5 13. a3 ♗e6 14. h3 ♕b6 15. ♕c2 axb4 16. cxb4 dxe4 ( 16... d4!=/+ ) 17. ♘xe4 ♘xe4 18. dxe4 c5 19. bxc5 ♕xc5 20. ♕xc5 ♗xc5 21. ♘xe5 ♘xe5 22. ♗xe5 ♖xa3 23. ♖xa3 ♗xa3 24. ♖b1 ♖d8 25. g4 ♖d7 26. ♔g2 ♗c5 27. ♖b2 f6 28. ♗c3 b6 29. f4 ♖a7 30. f5 ♗f7 31. ♗b5 ♖a3 32. ♗b4 ♗xb4 33. ♖xb4 ♖b3 34. ♖xb3 ♗xb3 35. ♔f3 ♔f7 1/2-1/2 Movsziszian,K (2439)-Farago,I (2499), Balaguer 2005.

10. exd5 ♘xd5 11. g3

10... c6 11. ♗f1 ♕b6 12. h3 ♖e8=/+ 13. a3 a5 14. ♖b1 ♕c7 15. ♗a1 axb4 16. axb4 b6 17. ♕c2 ♗b7 18. ♗b2 c5 19. bxc5 ♗xc5 20. ♕b3 ♗c6 21. ♖a1 ♕b7 22. exd5 ♘xd5 23. d4 exd4 24. cxd4 ♗b4 25. ♖xa8 ♖xa8 26. ♖c1 ♗a4 27. ♕c4 ♗d7 1/2-1/2 Ost Hansen,J (2380)-Sorensen,B (2305), Aalborg 1979.


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