Kindred’s Special: Ten Years Later

Ten years passed from my victory over and long friendship with Issay Golyak .  Speed forward from my posting a few days ago of this gigantic struggle to 1999 where another USSR immigrant, Grandmaster Boris Gulko conquered the interplay United States Championship invitees  and won the title, “US Championship of 1999.”

Both had left to make their home in America.  Both have made valuable contributions to the developing youth chess programs and new era of youthful stars.

The following game I chose because it sets a perfect example of my square count theory and difference between the pawn van with the advanced d-pawn on d5 versus the pawn inverted van. Perhaps the fact that the d-pawn digs into the c6 and e6 is not appreciated until the very end as a deciding factor.

White:  GM Boris Gulko     vs.   Black:  GM Yasser Seirawan   Opening:  Nimzo-Indian Defense

1. d4  Nf6  2. c4  e6  3. Nc3  Bb4  4. g3

Why would White choose this over the more popular and aggressive lines 4. a3 /e3/Qc2/Bg5 lines?  I refer  you to the article game between Timman-Karpov where 4. Nf3 was played.  A matter of taste?  Perhaps.  That is what puts chess on par with the walk down the trail of Life.

4. … O-O  5. Bg2  d6  6. Nf3  Bc3:+ 7. bc3:  Nbd7

Perhaps this less aggressive post for the Knight instead of going Nc6 creates just the teeny pattern variance to give White the plus he looks for.

8. Qd3  e5  9. Nd2  Re8  10. O-O  Qe7  11. e4  b6  12. Re1

This is in conjunction with the maneuver Nd2 as the Knight is headed for f1.  Also, Re1 is useful because it follows Nimsovitchian theory of overprotection (e4).

12. … Ba6  13. a4

Gains a square count point but the real feature is the expansion on the Q=side.  Black stopped the immediate idea of 13. Nf1 because of the central break–13. … ed4: 14. cd4: d5!! with nasty pins dissolving White’s plus.

13. … c5  14. d5

Setting up a central pawn van hitting the sixth rank squares c6/e6 thus establishing a spatial plus where White has better maneuvering play.  As Petrosian’s games often show, the simple threat to threaten is often more tactful than to execute immediately.

14…. Nf8  15. Nf1

Any Q-side pawn advance only lets Black have some play.  White’s postponement of this logical attack until he gets his pieces in ideal positions creates mental stress on Black.

15. … Ng6  16. Bh3  Bc8  17. Bc8:! Rac8:  18. Bg5 h6  19. Bf6:!  Qf6:

You might ask, “Why get rid of the Bishops?” The answer is that Knights have more maneuvering chances in closed positions.  Now, White can proceed with his Q-side planned attack.

20. a5!  Nf8  21. ab6:  ab6:  22. Ra6

Not bad but why not pursue 22. Ra7, following Nimsovitchian tactics learned in MY SYSTEM? What did he say about a Rook on the 7th?

22. … Ra8 23. Rea1  Ra6:  24. Ra6:  Rb8  25. Kg2

Using the King to defend against a strong Qf3.

25. … Qe7  26. Qb1 Qb7 27. Qb5  Nd7  28. Qa4  Nf6  29. Ra7

Had White played the Ra7, the black Queen would not have the counterplay to guard the Q-wing.

29. … Qc8  30. f3  g6  31. Ne3  h5  32. Qc6  Qd8  33. h4  Rc8 34. Qb7  Qf8  35. Nd1

Boris says this prophylactic move was not necessary, pointing out a winning line with 35. Qb6: Rb8 36. Qc7 Rb2+ 37. Kf1.  Still, the winning method in the game is most instructive.

35. … Rb8  36. Qc6 Rc8  37. Qb7  Rb8  38. Qc6 Rc8 39. Qb6: Rb8  40. Qc7 Rc8 41. Qb7 Rb8 42. Qc7  Rc8  43. Qa5  Qd8?!

More resistance  comes from 43. … Rb8 44. Nf2  with a big advantage.

44. Qd8:+  Rd8:  45. Kf2  Kf8  46. Ke2  Rd7  47. Ra6 Ke7  48. Kd2  Rb7  49. Kc2  Ne8  50. Ne3 Nf6  51. Nf1  Nd7 52. Nd2  Nb8  53. Ra1! Kd8  54. g4!!

The winning idea is to open another front.  The continuing attack on the Q-side leads only to a draw.  The defender’s King cannot cover both sides’ weaknesses adequately.

54. ..hg4:  55. fg4:  Ke7  56. Nb3 Kf6  57. Ra8!

Returning to the Q-side and center now that the King has been lured to the K-side.

57. … Nd7  58. Na5  Rb8  59. g5+! Kg7  60. Rb8: Nb8: 61. Nb7 f5  62. ef5: gf5: 63. h5! f4  64. Nd6:  Nd7 65. Kd3  Black resigns.

A beautiful example of play on both sides of the board.

Lesson to learn is that square count is effective in late stages  of a game even where few pieces remain.  Just one idea is the art of triangulation, forcing a King to be chased from an exposed pawn or entry against a defensive wall that crumbles.

One Response to “Kindred’s Special: Ten Years Later”

  1. chessmusings Says:

    Reblogged this on Chess Musings.

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