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Stephen Gordon vs Simon Kim Williams
"Simonized" (game of the day Aug-13-2013)
British Championship (2013), Torquay ENG, rd 7, Aug-04
King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses (E90)  ·  0-1

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Aug-05-13  luzhin: Sensational attacking flow by Williams -- like Barcelona playing at their best.
Aug-05-13  kellmano: Good call <luzhin>. An absolutely breath-taking attack, and another advert for the KID, as if we needed one.

It's classified as <King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses > Shouldn't it be 'defences'.

Aug-05-13  Mating Net: I agree with the Barca comparison, very appropriate. 21...Rxf3! was the star move, but I suspect Williams was delighted to see his f pawn do such a wonderful job.
Aug-13-13
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  Infohunter: <kellmano: It's classified as <King's Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Rare Defenses > Shouldn't it be 'defences'.>

They use the American spelling at <cg>, so it is not an error.

Aug-13-13
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  offramp: The defence is Normal but Rare.
Aug-13-13
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  perfidious: <kellmano> and <Infohunter>: When editing player bios, I very often have to fight against a lifetime of using predominantly BrEng in favour of CG's policy of using AmEng, same as editing over at Wikipedia.

A pleasing kingside attack by Williams, closed out with a mating pattern basic to the equipment of every beginning player.

Aug-13-13  bubuli55: 16...f5 is the 4star for me in this game. This is when Simon first fired a shot and all the ducks went flying away for their lives. It's a scream in the middle of a quiet night! :)
Aug-13-13  ossipossi: <offramp: The defence is Normal but Rare> Normal is rare, indeed.
Aug-13-13  waustad: Even when he plays the KID, a lot of Dutch themes creep in.
Aug-13-13  TheaN: The final mating pattern is a very well known 'switch the moves' type of sequence that might not be so easy to understand at first sight.

The idea that black spotted this maybe as early as 21....Rxf3! makes this very striking, cause what follows is basically forced. After 26....Qxh3:


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White can only defend against mate with 27.Qxc8+ Qxc8 , as after 28.Rd1, the f-discover-bishop pattern comes around. 28....Qh2+ fails horribly for black, as white just vacanted f1: 29.Kf1 Qh1+ 30.Ke2 and white wins. Rather:

28....Bh2+ 29.Kh1 keeps the king in the rightmost files, but how to proceed: black misses the defense of f2 when playing Qh2+ for Qxf2#, so the discover of 29....Bg3+ does this just right. Without losing a tempo black has repostioned Be5 to g3, and 30.Kg1 Qh2+, now yes, 31.Kf1 Qxf2# follows.

Very important pattern to remember. It may fail, but only if f2 or f7 is defended by something else.

Aug-13-13  Abdel Irada: <perfidious: <kellmano> and <Infohunter>: When editing player bios, I very often have to fight against a lifetime of using predominantly BrEng in favour of CG's policy of using AmEng, same as editing over at Wikipedia.>

Just as long as you don't use AmLibs.

Aug-13-13  Abdel Irada: White's position looks more fun than a barrel of ... well, I can't say monkeys.

Starving piranhas, perhaps?

Aug-13-13
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  kevin86: a neat checkmate,wrapping the king into a box.
Aug-13-13  Amarande: 26 Qd5 looks to be a real lemon, basically giving up all hope.

Meanwhile, it looks like 26 Rxa6! still gives White a chance - Black's Queen and Rook are both hanging, so he has no choice but to accept the sacrifice, and after 26 ... Qxb3 27 Rxa8, his LSB is attacked (which would be too much material for the Queen) so he must retreat his Queen along the diagonal and has no time to win the b-pawn.

I'm actually not even certain if Black can win it after this; his material advantage is Queen and a minor piece for two Rooks, but White has many extra pawns for the moment. In any case, though, it seems this would at least give White drawing chances.

Aug-13-13  centralfiles: <Amarande:Meanwhile, it looks like 26 Rxa6! still gives White a chance - Black's Queen and Rook are both hanging, so he has no choice but to accept the sacrifice, and after 26 ... Qxb3 27 Rxa8, his LSB is attacked (which would be too much material for the Queen) so he must retreat his Queen along the diagonal and has no time to win the b-pawn.

I'm actually not even certain if Black can win it after this; his material advantage is Queen and a minor piece for two Rooks, but White has many extra pawns for the moment. In any case, though, it seems this would at least give White drawing chances.>

Im assuming you mean 25.Rxa6.
Black simply plays 25...Qf4 threatening mate.

Aug-13-13  Everett: < waustad: Even when he plays the KID, a lot of Dutch themes creep in.>

For more of the same, check out Bronstein's handling of the Dutch, especially when he played it vs the English.

The Dutch Classical/Alekhine/Leningrad and KID are similar in that they both strive for the e5-f5 pawn pushes, but since White's play only allows one at a time, each opening has to choose one push first, the other one for later.

For more KID relationships, check out Petrosian and Bronstein playing C16, with KID play out of the French Winawer.

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