Kindred’s Special: An Opening Strategic Thought on Regrouping

Historical Kecskemet Variation of the Steinitz Defense Deferred 9…Be8 where Black usually went on with …Nfd7, or; after …Kh8 continues with Ng8 and f6 that fit into the Black strategy and examined by no one better than the former World Champion Alexander Alekhine.

When I met Glen Shields in the CCLA Championship I decided to go backwards in time and play a variation that I developed but probably will be lost as dependable and playable because it requires in a sense going backwards inorder to move forward.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Qe8 10.d4 Bd8 11.a4 Rb8 12.axb5 axb5 13.Nbd2 Kh8 14.Bc2 Ng8 15.Nb3 f6 16.Qe2.

At this point the game was discontinued as I had to have surgery and was not certain of when I would be able to play on.

But not to leave you in the dark, I provide this Ruy Lopez opening from Levenfish vs. Alekhine, 1912:
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 Be7 6.c3 d6 7.h3 Bd7 8.d3 O-O 9.Bc2 Kh8 10.O-O Ng8 11.Re1 Qe8 12.d4 f6 13.Nbd2 g5 14.d5 Nd8.

In 1933, the strong master Steiner took White in this Ruy Lopez and the same opponent, Alexander Alekhine, adopted this same concept.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 Bd7 6.d4 Nf6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Bb3!

This seems superior to Bc2 played earlier as it takes up a square count position hitting f7.

9…Qe8 10.Nbd2 Kh8 preparing once again the key idea of …Ng8 and …f6.

A number of similar plans utilizing the concept of regrouping exist in the Ruy Lopez: the Smyslov variation, the Breyer System idea of…Nb8, the Keres variation …Nfd7, the Karpov line …Re8, …Bf8 and …Qd7 idea with fianchettoing the Bishop to b7.

There are a number of opening ideas that feature regrouping as an opening ploy. One important point is that the play must be most exact in most cases so that careful preparation is essential when employing such adventures.

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