The Daily Review, Sunday, September 10, 1967


by Richard Shorman

The following game has instructional value for those who are uncertain as to why Black generally prefers P-K4 to P-QB4 in the Saemisch variation of the King's Indian.

The point is that when White forgoes Queen-side castling in this line, Black's counterplay on the flank after P-QB4 seems to carry less weight than White's threatened break-through in the center.

White: James Ulrich. Black: John Mecorney.
Contra Costa Championships, Expert/A Division.
Aug. 26, 1967.
King's Indian Defense.

1 P-Q4   P-KN3
2 P-QB4   B-N2
3 N-QB3   N-KB3
4 P-K4   P-Q3
5 P-B3   0-0
6 B-K3   QN-Q2
7 Q-Q2   P-B4 (a)
8 P-Q5   P-QR3 (b)
9 N-R3   N-K4
10 N-B2   Q-R4
11 P-QR3   R-N1
12 B-K2   P-QN4
13 PxP   PxP
14 0-0   N-B5 (c)
15 BxN   PxB
16 QR-N1   R-N6
17 B-R6 (d)   BxB (e)
18 QxB   B-R3
19 P-B4   KR-N1 (f)
20 P-K5   N-K1
21 N/2-K4   RxNP (g)
22 N-KN5   RxPch (h)
23 KxR   R-N7ch
24 RxR   QxN
25 QxRPch   K-B1
26 QxPmate

(a) Black chooses to operate on the Queen side, but 7P-K4 followed in due course by P-KB4 is strategically sounder.
(b) With 8N-K4 first, Black prevents 9 N-R3 and tempts White to castle into a future combat zone.
(c) Very bad. After 14P-N5 15 PxP QxP or 15 N-R2 Q-R5 Black retains some counterplay.
(d) Perfectly timed.
(e) Blacks pays dearly for bringing White's Queen over to the King side.
(f) Better calculated to slow down White's advance through the center is 19N-Q2.
(g) Still intent upon Queen-side counteraction, Black forfeits his last chance for survival with 21P-B3.
(h) Strictly for spite.

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