GW-KW, Point Count Chess Raw Discussion, File #9:
Part of the Advanced Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)
How To Develop a Plan (Continued ...)
(KW, July 7th) ...
(iv) 5. a4, attacking the b5 Pawn.
You may remember in the Post Mortem for the Game 3), "Crafty shows 5. a4 b4 6. d4 Nb8-d7 7. Bg5 as being a better line for White."
Let's see if something like that could work here. See Diagram 4-2d, above.
The b4-Pawn is still a problem, but Nb1 could move to Nbd2 easily, now that the QB has left. I have placed the Black Knight on c6, as d7 in Crafty's suggestion would not work here. This is a better position as we have some Queenside space (thanks to a4), we have freed our QB and it is attacking the KN, which protects d5 and e4.
We would not be able to take advantage of it immediately, but it is there, nevertheless. If Black were to make these moves, we could have a decent game. But could Black make a stronger move here?
Suppose the moves went 5. a4 b4 6. d4 c5! 7. Bg5 (Diagram 4-2e, below)?
This is the kind of move we could expect. Black would seek to challenge more squares in the Center, and start to activate his KB and his Queen.
He also would not be blocking his c Pawn, and the Knight on c6 was blocking his QB. d5 does not block that, and in fact attacks a different square, while defending b4.
A simple follow-up here would be 7...d5 with a strong Center. We would be OK in this kind of position, but is there anything that can challenge the Center more directly?
(v) The King's Indian Attack.
If you like the Barcza because you can make the first 4 moves as White regardless of what Black plays, then you will like the King's Indian Attack (KIA)!
You can extend the moves from 4 to 7 that can be played almost regardless of what Black plays. Diagram 4-2f, above shows the KIA basic position after the Barcza way of moving 1. Nf3 2. g3 3. Bg2 4. O-O 5. d3 6. Nbd2 7. e4.
The Green squares are the squares White influences directly. Notice that they include all four Center Squares.
This opening develops slowly and methodically, seeking as its first goal this position. Once here, the Pawns and Pieces exert tremendous force in the Center. e4 becomes a strong point in White's game.
While there are ways to attack this opening if your opponent knows you are playing this all the time, it has never been refuted. In fact, many Grandmasters and even World Champions like Bobby Fischer have played this opening as White in championship games. Starting at the left of the diagram looking at possible moves after this position is formed (Yellow arrows), b3 and Bb2 are still good possibilities. Bc1 can also move along the c1-h6 diagonal as needed (e.g., Bg5 or Bf4).
Qd1 often travels along the d1-h5 diagonal, or can be used to support the pawn push e5 (best when Black has moved e7-e6, as here; Black's KN loses one of its good travel spots on e4 as it is so well protected).
Rf1 can move to e1 to support the Pawn push, or if the file becomes open, travel along it. It sometimes also winds up on d1 if the Queen has moved. This is a dynamic Rook.
If the Bishop on g2 moves or is captured and the King moves to g2, it can travel to h1 and can be a powerful influence in a Kingside attack against h7. The Bg2 starts here, but often can either defend the a8-h1 diagonal, or move to a different diagonal if opportunity presents itself.
Let's do what we have done in previous diagrams and place our intended opening over our present position (Diagram 4-2g, below):
We can see that this system of development is easily the best we have encountered to fit with our present situation. The KIA is probably most effective when Black has played e7-e6 instead of e7-e5 (as here). We Control or share Control of all major squares, especially in the Center.
But what would Black move in the intervening moves 5 and 6? One strong possibility is shown in Diagram 4-2h, below, moving d5 and c5 or vice versa (similar to the previous game):
As you can see when you look at Control of each of the 4 Center squares, White is holding his own. His position holds a lot of dynamic energy waiting to be released at the right time. White will attack on the Kingside and in the Center.
Black will want to attack on the Queenside and Center. We have forces centralized, that can easily meet threats almost anywhere on the board in just a move or two. I think this is our best shot at gaining a decent position.
So I recommend we move 5. d3.
At a future time, after GW absorbs these observations, I will give a Repertoire Suggestion on the King's Indian Attack.
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