Tuesday, May 22, 2007

King's Indian Defense, Panno Variation

Dear Jim:

Here is a game from the November 1987 Toms River quads that you might want to annotate and publish in your column. It is a game replete with mistakes by both sides.

Doug Aikin
Beachwood NJ

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(All notes by Jim West)

Jim Gwyn (USCF 2148) - Doug Aikin (USCF 2091), Toms River Quads 11/1987

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.c4 d6 6.O-O Nc6 7.d5 Na5 8.Nfd2 c5

9.Nc3 a6 10.Qc2 Rb8 11.b3 b5 12.Bb2 bxc4 13.bxc4 Bh6 14.f4 e5


The "book" move is 15.Rae1.

15...exf4 16.exf4 Ng4

A better move order is 16...Bg7 17.Rae1 Bf5 18.Qc1 Ng4 19.Nd1 Bxb2 20.Nxb2 Qf6 21.Nd1 Qd4+ 22.Kh1 Bd3, winning a pawn.

17.Rae1 Bg7 18.Nd1

Now 18...Bf5 can be met by 19.Be4.

18...Rxb2 19.Nxb2 Bd4+ 20.Kh1 Ne3 21.Rxe3 Bxe3 22.Nf3 Bg4 23.Nd1 Bxf3 24.Nxe3 Bxg2+ 25.Kxg2 Qf6


This is too passive. The correct move is 26.Qd2, maintaining the equilibrium after 26...Qd4 27.Qxa5 Qxe3.

26...Rb8 27.Rd2 Rb4 28.Ng4 Qa1 29.Qe4 Rxc4 30.Qe7 Kg7 31.Qxd6 Re4 32.Qxc5 Nc4 33.Rf2

Or 33.Rc2? Qd1 34.Rxc4 Qe2+.

33...h5 34.Ne5 Ne3+ 35.Kh3

Not 35.Kf3?? Qh1+ 36.Ke2 Qd1#.

35...Qg1! 36.Nd3

No better is 36.Rb2 Qf1+ 37.Kh4 Nf5+ 38.Kg5 f6#.

36...Qd1! 37.Qc3+ Kh7, White resigns.

After 38.Ne5, there is 38...Rxe5! with 39...Qg4# to follow.

{This article originally appeared in Atlantic Chess News in 1989}