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Igor Kovalenko vs Ilia Smirin
Karpov Poikovsky (2016), Poikovsky RUS, rd 2, Jul-24
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Panno (E84)  ·  1-0



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  HeMateMe: 35. R-h1, the trapping move!
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  patzer2: Strong and precisely played attack by White against a tough king's Indian player.
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  Felipe38: I think 18-Bb6!? was an interesting move for white following 19-Ng1 and 20-Nf3 blocking the semi-open file-f to the black pieces.
Jul-26-16  Gilmoy: I like <18.Ng1!> It's not undevelopment, it's the shortest attacking tour that fits.

Put another way, <7.Nge2> let Black choose whatever defense he liked, and Black did well to snuff the sac, sac lines. Black's g6-h5 pawns devalue an Ng3 outpost, but are perhaps weak to <23.Ng5>. Play what the position demands. Obviously, White's KN can't save a move in the f3 Sämisch.

Black owned open c and f, and somehow never had time to use either one. Our 20th century intuition insists that White's K should not be safer in the center, but maybe that's chess in the silicon era.

Jul-29-16  Moszkowski012273: The 18.Ng1... idea is fine, but 18.Bg5... kinda looks like a better idea to me.
Jul-29-16  Moszkowski012273: And of course 29.Bb6... works just fine as well.

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