Kindred’s Special: The Art of Deflecting ala Square Count

Of the many books in my library about how to plan and play chess, I must confess that I cherish the idea of utilizing my square count theory as I plan my strategy.  One of the key elements that arise rarely but occasionally is that of “deflection” where the theory presents itself in the following play.

1. d4  Nf6  2. c4  e6  3.  Nc3  Bb4

This is called the Nimzo-Indian Defence and a weapon advocated in MY SYSTEM by its champion Aron Nimsowitch.  Many thousands of games have started with this basic pattern with a vast array of choice for both sides in furthering the deployment of forces.

4. e3  c5  5. Nf3  O-O  6. Bd3  d5  7. O-O  Nc6

This was one of the popular lines for both sides seen in the game period into the 1980s and various world chess championship events and matches, I have been on both sides of the battlefield.  For the learning student, it is a classic example of play for central tension.

8. a3  B:c3  9. b:c3  d:c4  10. B:c4  Qc7  11. Qe2  e5!  12. d5  e4!

What appeared on the surface to be a buffer in the center against sharp assaults, a not so lowly pawn creates cracks in the structure based upon increasing the count while creating disruption in White’s deployment.

13. d:c6  Ng4  14. g3  e:f3  15. Q:f3  Ne5  16. Qf4  Bh3

Black increases his square count taking advantage of the white square weaknesses.

17. Rd1  Rad8  18. R:d8  R:d8  19. Be2 In all appearances of protecting d1 against invasion.

19. … Q:c6  20. f3  Rd1+

Is this suicide??  No.  It is the principle of deflection by forcing removal of a diagonal defender.

21. B:d1 Qb5  22. c4  Qa5 wins.

White can do nothing.  If, instead White plays 21. Kf2  Ng4+ wins the Queen.

A great lesson taught by C.J.S. Purdy of Australia was to always investigate checks no matter how foolhardy they appear.

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