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Oladapo Oluto Adu vs Alexey Kim
"The Godfather of Seoul" (game of the day May-15-2018)
Olympiad (2008), Dresden GER, rd 4, Nov-16
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  0-1


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  Once: <ZUGZWANG67>

Some very perceptive and challenging questions there, sir! I will do my best...

Yes, the KIA loses some of its sting when black plays e5. So if black has already played e6, he will be wasting a move by playing his e pawn up another square to e5. This is what Fischer wrote in the first game of "My 60 Memorable Games":

"1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 e6
3. d3

This used to be my favourite. I thought it led to a favorable version of the King's Indian reversed, especially after Black has committed himself with ... e6."

The KIA against the modern goes something like this:

1. e4 g6
2. g3 Bg7
3. d3 ...

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The black and white armies will not be coming into contact any time soon. Both will develop according to their pre-set plans. For example, the standard KIA setup involves e4-d3-g3-Bg2-Nf3-0-0-Re1 against almost anything.

This sort of delayed contact game can lead to a very slow start until black and white make contact. To be fair, it's not a very ambitious setup by either white or black, but it does work.

The 150 attack is a lot of fun - usually for white!

1. e4 g6
2. d4 Bg7
3. Nc3 d6
4. Be3

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And now white has a very simple attacking plan. He will trot out these moves: Qd2, 0-0-0, f3 and then throw everything at the kingside with moves like h4-h5 and Bh6. There's a slightly more aggressive version of this when black plays Nf6 and white puts his DSB on g5 rather than f3. But the plan is the same - this bishop is headed for h6. Then rip open the h file with h4-h5 for the benefit of the white rook unmoved on h1.

Again, not grandmaster level stuff, but I'm not a GM and nor are my opponents!

Why the KIA against the French? It is partly convenience, especially as it fits in with the rest of my repertoire. It is also partly psychological - as a French player myself I do most of my preparation for the big three white variations (Nc3, Nd2 and e5), so the KIA forces black into a variation that he may not be so comfortable with.

But the KIA is also a decent attacking response to the French. Unlike other white replies, it gives you the chance of a kingside or a queenside attack. French players love delayed castling - or even not castling at all - and I find that the KIA can attack on either side of the board. Wherever the black monarch hides I can still get at him!

I don't know if the KIA is objectively better than 2. d4. Almost certainly not. But I get good results from it, and that is all that matters for me.

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  morfishine: <scormus> Simple old me figures 1.e4 c5 is a Sicilian, and thats that; But in the end, whats the difference? Sometimes attaching labels to variations can get, well, annoying.

I remember a famous annotator who once printed something like this: "What started out as a Meran, transposed into a Catalan, and then an Orthodox and is now a Modern. I thought "Huh?...who cares"

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  Once: <morfishine> Agree that it can be confusing and sound artificial, but there is some reasoning behind the madness...

After the first ten or so moves of this game, we end up here:

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This has all the hallmarks of a KIA. No pieces or pawns have been exchanged and the two armies haven't really made much contact. It is slow maneouvering stuff. The crunch point comes when one side sparks off the fireworks.

By contrast, a typical open sicilian involves an early d4 and an exchange of a black c pawn for the white d pawn. That gives us a very different structure and a markedly different game. For example, after these moves:

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 we get to here:

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A much more unbalanced and dynamic position. Black has the usual sicilian advantages - a half open c file just begging for Rc8 followed by an exchange sac on c3. The chance of a minority attack on the queenside. A better endgame (if he can survive to it) because he has exchanged a wing pawn for a central pawn.

By contrast white has more of the centre and the beginnings of a kingside attack - more so because black will find it dangerous to castle on the kingside.

Unlike the KIA slow-motion greco-roman wrestling, the open sicilian often develops into a bloodthirsty knife fight where the players castle on opposite wings and throw everything they have at each other's king.

Okay so both openings begin with 1. e4 c5, but they end up very very differently

Apr-25-11  BOSTER: This is the position only one! move before the position on diagram,but here (move29) white moved his queen on e3, where the queen is protected by the rook e1.(instead Qd3?) The question is: who is really winning here?

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Apr-25-11  MountainMatt: Typical Monday - took a whole minute to find 30. ...Nf2 with some good stuff for black to follow.

Oladapo, Oluto, life goes on, bra, la la how the life goes on...

Apr-25-11  emonys: KIA Once has to many tech terms that really dont mean a hill of beans to most people here, so KISS if you know what that means ONCE
Apr-25-11  Shamot: After reading the posts on CG for past several months I have concluded that chess is the leading cause of statistics......... and, statistically speaking, is the leading cause of huge headaches. No more chess for a week.......just the Sudoku puzzles! then I will see if I itch again for more chess or not. Bye, bye!
Apr-25-11  The HeavenSmile: Went with Nc5. All white can do is lose the queen with no compensation, exactly like the solution Nf2 so I don't feel like i missed out
Apr-25-11  estrick: <Once> Thanks for your interesting comments on the KIA, and sharing with us in what situations you find it effective.
Apr-25-11  sevenseaman: < BOSTER: This is the position only one! move before the position on diagram,but here (move29) white moved his queen on e3, where the queen is protected by the rook e1.(instead Qd3?) The question is: who is really winning here? >

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A nice way of expanding analytical thoughts!
This Q move 29. Qd3 fails to refute Black's Q# threat on g2.

Your question begets a question, 'how do you contend with the attacking clearance move 29...Ng5?' in this position;

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Remember you have to deal with Qg2# and not just the g5N which has threats of its own.

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  Once: <emonys> If there is anything you don't understand then the easiest thing to do is to ask. Which particular bits would you like explained?
Apr-27-11  KingV93: <shamot> The quote from Kasparov is either in one of the many chess books I have, I'll browse through them and when I find it I'll post it, or I saw it on the homepage!
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  takchess: Pun summitted: The GodFather of Seoul
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  thegoodanarchist: congratulations, <takchess>!

Adieu, Adu.

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  thegoodanarchist: < fm avari viraf: Adieu Adu!>

Mr. Viraf beat me to it, by 7 years.

May-15-18  dumbgai: Sweet finish!
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  OhioChessFan: Black's game from the 23rd move on is a very logical, direct, Tarraschesque conduct of the attack.
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  ChessHigherCat: If 20...Bxh6? 21. Qh5!

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  WannaBe: In my not so humble opinion. Worst pun of the year (2018)
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  ChessHigherCat: <WannaBe: In my not so humble opinion. Worst pun of the year (2018)>

Yeah, if that guy's a professional punster he should definitely consider a korea change.

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  WannaBe: In my not so humble opinion. Second worster pun of the year. By <ChessHigherCat>


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  ChessHigherCat: <WannaBe: In my not so humble opinion. Second worster pun of the year. By <ChessHigherCat>>

Just wanted to prove that you can always sink lower. I propose a bad pun contest. Top, I mean bottom this!:

Oluto Adu about nothing

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  Breunor: Stockfish doesn't like 18 ...e4:

1) +1.65 (22 ply) 19.Nxh6+ Bxh6 20.Bxh6 Kh7 21.Bc1 exd3 22.Qxd3 Nf6 23.Qxd8 Rexd8 24.Bg5 Kg7 25.Nd2 Rd7 26.Nf3 Rcd8 27.Bf1 Re7 28.Bb5 Bd5 29.Nd2 Rde8 30.Rxe7 Rxe7 31.h4

It likes g5 more:

1) +0.65 (20 ply) 19.Ngxe5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Bf5 21.f4 Re6 22.a5 bxa5 23.Qh5 Bg6 24.Qf3 gxf4 25.Qxd5 Qxd5 26.Bxd5 Rxe5 27.Rxe5 Bxe5 28.Bxf4 Bxf4 29.gxf4

White gives up the advantage with 20 Bxe4

1) -0.34 (23 ply) 20...Nf6 21.Bxc6 Rxc6 22.Ne5 Rc7 23.Qd2 Qd5 24.g4 Rce7 25.Qf4 Nxg4 26.Nhxg4 Bxg4 27.Qxg4 Rxe5 28.Rxe5 Rxe5 29.Bf4 Re8 30.Be3 Qxd3 31.Rd1 Qf5 32.Qxf5 gxf5 33.Re1 Kg6

Rather, 20 Rxe4! with the threat of Rh4 keeps white ahead:

1) +1.51 (20 ply) 20...Qd7 21.Qd2 Nf6 22.Rh4 Nh5 23.g4 Qd8 24.Rh3 Qd7 25.Nf5 gxf5 26.Rxh5+ Kg8 27.gxf5 Bxf5 28.Nd6 Qxd6 29.Rxf5 Ne5 30.d4 cxd4 31.Qxd4 Rcd8

It is even until move 24, f3 gives up the advantage:

1) -1.32 (21 ply) 24...Rce7 25.Qg5 Bh3 26.Qh4 Nh5 27.Qxh3 Rxe5 28.Rxe5 Rxe5 29.Ng4 Re1+ 30.Kf2 Qe6 31.Nf6+ Bxf6 32.Qxe6 Rxe6 33.a5 g5 34.axb6 axb6 35.Ra7 Kg6 36.Rd7 Be5 37.Be3 Rd6 38.Rxd6+ Bxd6 39.d4 Ng7

Stockfish recommends c4:

1) -0.11 (19 ply) 24.c4 Qb7 25.f3 Ng8 26.Nxg8 Kxg8 27.f4 Rce7 28.Qg2 Qxg2+ 29.Kxg2 Bf5 30.Bd2 Bxe5 31.fxe5 Bxd3 32.Bc3 Bxc4 33.Red1 Bb3 34.Rd6 Kg7 35.h4 Be6 36.Re1 Bb3

The final mistake is 26 cxd4:

1) -2.35 (22 ply) 26...Rxc1 27.Raxc1 Bxh6 28.f4 Ne4 29.Qe2 Qxd4+ 30.Qe3 Qxe3+ 31.Rxe3 Rxe5 32.Rce1 Ra5 33.Rxe4 Bf8 34.Kf2 Bf5 35.Rc4 Be6 36.Rxe6 fxe6 37.Re4 Rd5 38.Kf3 Rd2 39.Rxe6 Rxb2 40.Rc6 Kh6

Instead, Nxf7 keeps white in the fight (although still in some trouble):

1) -1.23 (23 ply) 26...Rxf7 27.Nxf7 Qxf7 28.Rxe8 Qxe8 29.Qf2 Nd5 30.Bd2 dxc3 31.bxc3 Nxc3 32.Re1 Qd8 33.Kh1 Bd4 34.Be3 Bf6 35.a5 Nd1 36.Qe2 Nxe3 37.Qxe3 bxa5 38.Qxa7+ Kh6 39.Qe3+ Bg5 40.Qe2 a4

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 29 dpa done

1. + / = (0.43): 18...g5 19.Ngxe5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Qd6 21.f4 Bf5 22.Qf3 Rcd8 23.Bd2 Ne7 24.a5 Bxe5 25.Rxe5 g4 26.Qf2 f6 27.Re3 Bxd3 28.Rae1 Qd7 29.b4 Bc4 30.Bc1 cxb4 31.cxb4 Nf5 32.Re4 Rxe4 33.Bxe4 bxa5 34.bxa5 Nd4 35.Bb2 Kg7 36.Qe3 a6 37.Bc3

2. + / = (0.47): 18...Kh7 19.Ngxe5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Qd6 21.Nf3 Bf5 22.Rxe8 Rxe8 23.d4 cxd4 24.Nxd4 Bxd4 25.cxd4 Be4 26.Qe2 Nf6 27.Be3 Bxg2 28.Kxg2 Nd5 29.Qd3 Nxe3+ 30.fxe3 Qd5+ 31.Kf2 Kg7 32.Rc1 Qa2 33.Qc3 Qd5 34.Kg1 Re6 35.Rc2 Re8 36.Rf2 Re6

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  cormier: Analysis by Houdini 4

<17...Qd7> 18.b3 Ng4 19.Nxg4 Bxg4 20.Qc2 Red8 21.Re3 Bf5 22.Be4 h5 23.Bb2 h4 24.Bxf5 Qxf5 25.Qe2 Rd5 26.g4 Qd7 27.Rd1 Rd8 28.Rh3 Qe7 29.Qe4 Bh6 30.Bc1 Bxc1 31.Rxc1 f5 32.Qg2 fxg4 33.Qxg4 < = (-0.19) Depth: 26>

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