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Ding Liren vs Hikaru Nakamura
Chessable Masters (2020) (rapid), chess24.com INT, rd 1, Jun-29
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Bayonet Attack (E97)  ·  1-0

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Jun-29-20  dehanne: How not to play the King's Indian.
Jun-29-20  MordimerChess: Double-edged Bayonet Attack with really solid defense by Ding Liren. He strengthen his position, improved all his pieces and only then started to continue pushing queen side. Naka got completely outplayed.

My full video analysis:
https://youtu.be/93Z9BaNnOeE

Enjoy!

Jun-29-20
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  perfidious: Light-square hegemony for Ding spells ruination for Black.
Jun-29-20  Atking: <MortimerChess> You did a good work on this difficult strategical battle. Ding opening preparation impress me a lot. How much a4-a5 is connected to the control of the crucial square e4 should surely need hours of Chinese team analysis. As usual on KI, N on e4 at move 20 gives White a solid advantage (GM Nakamura knew that and tried to confuse the issue) As you say after 26.b6! it is probably beyond any help (When c7&d6 squares fall before any attack the KI usually fall down.) After 36.Ne6, it is resignable.
Jun-30-20  Albanius: Nakamura has been known to play better in the KID: W So vs Nakamura, 2015
Jun-30-20  Atking: <Albanius> Yes and that it was well know by GM Ding Liren who very conscientiously has prepared this scheme a4-a5 then e4 square battle. A deep idea which is surely not an inspiration during the game.
Jun-30-20  Ulhumbrus: Instead of attacking the queen side directly by the pawn advance c4-c5 Ding Liren plays first the pawn advances a2-a4, b2-b4, a4-a5, b4-b5 and b5-b6 followed by an exchange of pawns on b6. Only after that does Ding Liren play the pawn advance c4-c5.

The pawn advance b6 induces an exchange of pawns on b6. This exchange of pawns removes Black's c7 pawn which attacks b6 in return for White's a5 pawn which defends b6.

This removes Black's c7 pawn which defends the d6 pawn which only then Ding Liren attacks by c4-c5.

This suggests that Ding Liren's plan is to attack the base of Black's pawn chain, the c7 pawn by organising the pawn advance b6, removing the c7 pawn and only after that attacking the d6 pawn - now become the new base of the pawn chain - by c4-c5.

If results are any guide, White's strategy worked.

Perhaps Nakamura could have played differently and we can assume that he will have some alternative prepared for an opponent who tries this plan on him again. It remains to be seen what that will be.

Jul-03-20  MordimerChess: <Atking> Thanks for kind comment, trying my best with analysis... however it takes time to get all the information for it :D

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