GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #7:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

Game 2, with KW's additional Comments, Attempting to Help GW Understand Control of the Center
[June 6th 2011]

(KW, June 3rd) Let's look at another example from a game with my son (fatjonny, although he is anything but fat; he does rock climbing, jogging, volleyball, and other sports regularly, and his upper body shows it).

My handle is KnightBishop (I am a night owl, and I have been a pastor for over 35 years, although now I am a financial planner - semi retired. So KnightBishop seems as close as I can get to some of my qualities in the chess world.). I think it illustrates Weak Square Complexes, as well as Planning and Control of the Center.


[Event "Casual game,"]
[Site "Lichess, Online"]
[Date "2011.05.19"]
[Round "?"]
[White "fatjonny (1200)"]
[Black "KnightBishop (1200)"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "66"]

1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nc6 3. f4 Nf6 4. g3 Bg4 5. Nf3 e6 6. h3 Bf5 7. Nc3 Bb4 8. Bd2 O-O 9. Bd3 Bxc3 10. Bxc3 Ne4 11. g4 Bg6 12. Qe2 a6 13. Ne5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Qh4+ 15. Kd1 Nf2+ 16. Kd2 Nxh1 17. Qe1 Qxh3 18. Qxh1 Qxh1 19. Rxh1 Bxd3 20. cxd3 c5 21. d4 c4 22. b3 b5 23. a4 cxb3 24. a5 Rfc8 25. f5 Rc4 26. Rc1 b4 27. Bb2 Rac8 28. f6 Rc2+ 29. Rxc2 Rxc2+ 30. Kd3 Rxb2 31. fxg7 Rg2 32. g5 b2 33. g6 b1=Q#

Commentary ...

(GW, June 5th) At this stage, you (Black) can't be certain what White will open with. But, with your years of experience, you'll have begun with some sort of plan as to how you intend to develop your army. What I'm interested in here is, did you manage to carry out your entire, original opening plan? Or, if certain elements of White's moves caused you to alter your plan(s), at which move or ply did this happen and how radical was the change of plan; how much of your original plan were you able to keep and actually carry out?

Ken's Comments ...

(KW, June 6th) OK. I will show you as we go how my plans change. My repertoire has changed several times over the years (I guess that's why I'm familiar with a lot of openings), and I have played through many games of Masters and Grandmasters in various openings. Currently I am interested in those openings that can be played against most White moves, when I play Black (certainly the King's Indian and Pirc/Modern, the reverse of the Barcza, fits into this category).

1. d4 d5 2. e3 Nc6
Black decides to use the Nimzovitch Defense, an all purpose defense. Up to this point, White has not declared his intentions, so Black is waiting to see which way White wants to go.

Ken's Comments ...

(KW, June 6th) White has played a rather unusual second move with e3. It is normally played a few moves further in most openings. Here begins a deviation on my part. Out of many openings, which one to choose? So I (Black) decide on using one of my flexible openings, the Nimzovitch Defense.

The advantage of this opening is that it can be played against almost all White openings, and is not well known. It also has a reputation of not being completely sound, because the Queen's Bishop moves to c6 so early, when it might be better placed at d7, instead of blocking Black's c7 pawn.

However, the Nimzo has never been refuted, and I reason that e3 is a relatively passive move, playing two center pawns but one is not on the optimum square. I figure that a piece move will enhance my development. Nf6, in my mind, tends to show your cards on the Kingside a little early, especially when White is playing something a little unusual.

So I decide on Nc6 instead, developing a piece, and attacking what White obviously wants as a strong point in his center, d4. At the same time, it protects e5. I am not afraid of a pin on this Knight on b5, as it can be easily protected with a developing move, and even if exchanged, I can exchange toward the center, and strengthening the Queenside.

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