A08 King's Indian Attack for White

King's Indian Attack for White – A08

Vs. French/Sicilian Systems

Just as in the King's Indian Defense, the beauty of this opening is that you may play the same first seven moves against almost any opening your opponent tries to use against you:  e4, d3, Nd2, g3, Bg2, Ngf3, 0-0.  Playing this system with White is somewhat different than it is as Black.  As White, our move order changes depending on our opponent's responses.  White should not trade Queens too early, so we play Nbd2 to avoid it.  As Black, we play Nc6 because a Queen trade gives us instant equality.

The fianchetto structure is difficult for your opponent to attack and often allows the Bishop to become more active, especially if we are able to pry open the center, as the Bishop on a long diagonal can become a powerful weapon.  Trading-off your fianchettoed Bishop should be done very carefully, and avoided entirely if the enemy Bishop of the same color remains on the board.

This opening is typically decided in the center.  We may choose to close it by locking up the pawns and throw our pieces into a violent Kingside attack, or open it up to free our Bishop to rake the board.  This fianchetto is not playable after 1.e4 e5 because the long diagonals are blocked by the e-pawns.

1. e4 e6

We can use a more flexible move order against the Sicilian Defense 1…c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d3! d5 4. Nbd2 Nc6 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 Be7 7 0-0 with a straight transposition to the game featured in our mainline text.

2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. g3 c5

The move …c5 turns the game into a Sicilian Defense.  An excellent example of play against the French Defense (with its classical …f6 pawn break) is the all-out assault on Black's backward e6 pawn:  4…Nc6  5. Bg2 Be7 6. Ngf3 O-O 7. O-O a5?! 8. e5 Nd7 9. Re1 f6 10. exf6 Nxf6 11. d4 b5 12. Bh3 Qd6 13. c3 b4 14. Qe2  Nd8 15. Ng5 Ra6 16. f4 h6 17. Ngf3 bxc3 18. bxc3 Rc6? 19. Nb1! Ba6 20. Qe3 Rb6 21. Ba3 Qd7 22. Ne5 Qe8 23. Bxe7 Qxe7 24. Ng6 Qd6 25. Nxf8 Qxf8 26. Nd2 a4 27. Rab1 Bb5 28. Rb4 Bd7 29. Reb1 Rxb4 30. Rxb4 Ne8 31. Nf3 Nd6 32. Rb8 Nc4 33. Qe2 Qe7 34. Ne5 Nxe5 35. Qxe5 Kf7 36. Qxc7 Nc6 37. Rb7 Ke8 38. Bg4 g6 39. Bd1 Qd8 40. Bxa4 Qxc7  41. Rxc7 Ne5 42. Bxd7+ Nxd7 43. a4 1-0 Hoffer-Newton, cr. 1988.  Black went into contortions to protect his weak e6 pawn.  White never even had to bother to capture it because the threat was stronger than the execution!

5. Bg2 Nc6 6. Ngf3 Be7 7. 0-0 0-0

A good example of when to open the long diagonal for the fianchettoed Bishop is 7…b5 8. Re1! a5?! 9. exd5 exd5 10. c4! bxc4 11. dxc4 dxc4?! 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Bxa8 Bg4 14. Qc2 Nd3! 15. Bc6+ Kf8 16. Re3 Nb4 17. Qa4 Bf5 18. Be4 Nxe4 19. Nxe4 Qd4 20. Nc3 Nc2 21. Rf3 Qg4 22. Qc6! g5!? 23. Qh6+ Kg8?! 24. Nd5 Bd8 25. Be3! f6 26. Bxc5 Kf7 27. Rxf5! Qxf5 28. Qh5+! Kg7 29. Rd1 Nb4 30. Ne3! Qc8 31. g4! Rg8 32. Nf5+ Kh8 33. Qf7! Nd3 34. Nh6 1-0 Hoffer-Bragg, cr. 1989.

8. e5!

"The key strategical thrust.  My plan is first to drive his defensively well-placed Knight to an inferior square, then to slowly ring his cramped King's position with my pieces—to mate him." (R. J. Fischer)  White's plan is first to control e5 with his pieces, and then transfer that energy into a Kingside attack.

8…Nd7 9. Re1 b5 10. Nf1 b4 11. h4! a5 12. Bf4 Ba6

12…a4 13. a3! bxa3 14. bxa3 Na5 15. Ne3 Ba6 16. Bh3! d4 17. Nf1 Nb6 18. Ng5 Nd5 19. Bd2 Bxg5 20. Bxg5 Qd7 21. Qh5 Rfc8 22. Nd2 Nc3 23. Bf6! Qe8 24. Ne4 g6 25. Qg5 Nxe4  26. Rxe4 c4 27. h5 cxd3 28. Rh4! Ra7 29. Bg2 dxc2 30. Qh6 Qf8 31. Qxh7+!  A brilliant Queen sacrifice which ended the game in Fischer-Miagmasuren, Sousse 1967, due to 31…Kxh7 32. hxg6+ Kxg6 33. Be4#

13. Ne3 a4 14. a3! Bb5 15. c4 bxc3 16. bxc3 c4?!

This allows White to lock-up the center, splitting the board in two as White's pieces ransack the K-side.

17. d4 Na5 18. Bh3!

"This cryptic sortie, by keeping an eye on the e-pawn, restrains Black's normal freeing maneuver with …f6."  (Fischer).  Black's pieces are stranded on the Q-side, helpless to counter White's K-side attack.  This scenario is often decided by a stock sacrifice, demolishing Black's King shelter.

18…Rb8 19. Ng5 Rb6 20. Qh5 h6 21. Kg2!! Qe8 22. Ng4 Bxg5 23. hxg5 f5 24. Nxh6+ gxh6 25. g6! Qe7 26. Bxh6

As in Hoffer-Giannuzzi, cr. 1987.  Black resigned rather than facing:

26…Rc8 27. Rh1! Nxe5

Black cannot answer White's sacrificial threats to open the h-file:  27…Nf8 28. Bxf5! Nh7 29. Bg5 Qg7 30. Qxh7+ Qxh7 31. Rxh7 Rf8 32. Bf6 Rxf6 33. exf6 exf5 34. f7+ Kf8 35. Rh8+ Ke7 36. f8=Q+ wins.

28. Bxf5! Nd3

Taking the Bishop also loses due to 28…exf5 29. Bf8! Qf6  (29…Qxf8 30. Qh8#; 29…Kxf8 30. Qh8#)  30. dxe5 Qxg6 31. Qh8+ Kf7 32. Rh7+ Qxh7 33.Qxh7+ Kxf8 34. Rh1 Be8 35. Qxf5+ Bf7 36. Qxc8+ Ke7 37. Qc7+ Ke6 38. Rh6+ Bg6 39. Rxg6+ Kf5 40. Qxb6 wins.

29. Bf8!

Or 29. Bxd3 Qf6  (Or 29…cxd3 30. Bf8 Qf6 31. g7 Qxg7 32. Bxg7 e5 33. Qh8+ Kf7 34. Bf8 Rxf8 35. Rh7+ Kg6 36. Qg7+ Kf5 37. Qxe5+ Kg6 38. Rg7+ Kh6 39. Qg5#)  30. Bg5 Qg7 31. Qh8+ Qxh8 32. Rxh8+ Kg7  (Or 32…Kxh8 33. Bf6+ Kg8 34. Rh1 cxd3 35. Rh8#)  33. Rh7+ Kf8 34. Rah1 cxd3 35. Rf7+ Kg8 36. Bf6 Rxc3 37. Rh8#


This Bishop is also immune to capture due to 29…Qxf8 30. Qh8# or 29…Kxf8 30. Qh8#

30. g7 Qxg7 31. Bxg7 Kxg7

No different is 31…Nf4+ 32. gxf4 Kxg7 33. Qg6+ Kf8 34. Rh7 Rc7 35. Qf6+ Ke8 36. Qh8#

32. Qg6+ Kf8 33. Rh8+ Ke7 34. Rh7+ Kd8 35. Qg5+ Ke8 36. Qe7 checkmate

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