Kindred’s Special: The English Opening featuring the Four Knights (A29) variation

One might suppose this to be a King versus Queen battle in that it was played during the top of the King’s game versus the rise of a new Queen rising on the horizon.  In some respects, it also shows an old decade of thought versus a new 21st Century look at the high spirit of adventure and risk taking seen in the younger generation whether it be male or female.  Chess proves that man and woman share an equal place in all adventures through their life cycle.

Times change.  In the 21st Century anything is possible regarding the social fabric of the male-female specie.  We hear regularly the willingness to see a woman as President of the United States.  Once upon a time, women were thought to be in charge of the apron strings only, and now we see women who manage both apron strings and purse strings equally well in addition to management expertise.

Much has been written by folks perhaps much better than I in tackling such a dilemma, being that the male ego might well be a roadblock to their acceptance of such a prospect.  The Soviet bloc of the 30s on saw a progressively appearance by women in chess who possessed an aggressive posture for things artistic and beautiful where energy was thought to be fruitful and on the 64-squares as worthwhile.  Yes, they can produce art of various kinds, beautiful gardens, write superb books on many subjects.  But do they possess those qualities at the high level men seemed to have achieved in chess for that elusive, to many, –COMBATIVENESS?  In this, the sisters Polgar experiment led the way for girls as well as boys of school age to develop their talents where it connected especially in the West and certainly in the USA. It was once thought by players like Nimsowitsch concerning the best age for students to learn and study the game as being 13 yrs. or older has proved a fallacy.  The wealth of technological discoveries with computers has altered much of a conclusive nature of the human mind enriching ever sooner the mental capacity of youth.

Hence, I present the following interesting game between GM Boris Gulko and IM Irina Krush from the 2007 SPICE Cup, Lubbock, Texas.

White:  GM Boris Gulko    vs.   Black:   IM Irina Krush   Opening:  English Opening/ 4-Kts

  1. c4  e5  2. Nc3  Nf6  3. Nf3  Nc6  4. g3  d5 5. c:d5  N:d5  6. Bg2  Nb6  7. O-O  Be7  8. a3  O-O  9. b4  Be6  10. Rb1

Already there is danger in the wings.  A mistake would be 10. b5 Nd4 11. N:e5? Bb3 12. Qe1 Nc2 a winning advantage for Black.

10. … f6  11. d3  Qd7

Black avoids the more common 11…Nd4 or 11…a5. A matter of taste or might she have little extra poison in the mix coming?

12. Ne4

Eyeing square count with the threat of aiming for c5 by the Knight.

12. … Nd5  13. Bb2  a6  14. Rc1  Rfd8  15. Nc5  B:c5  16. R:c5

Things do not look cool for Black as White has the bishop-pair, half-open c-file with potential buildup on it as well as a timely d4 attack on Black’s center e-pawn down the road.  What is Black to do?  It comes in the guise of square count again, namely ….a5 which sets in motion the active energy potential seen on the Q=wing.

16. …. a5!  17. b5  Na7

This Knight is migratory even though a quote of ‘a N on the rim looks dim.’ will find air on the Q-side for some outposts.

18. a4  c6!  19. b:c6  N:c6  20. Qb1 Nb6  21. Qa1  Nb4  22. Rb5  Nc2  23. N:e5

This is probably what Gulko was depending upon but she has prepared a bit of poison in the position.

23. … Q:b5!!  White Resigns.

Had White merely saw coming, 23…f:e5?  24. Qb1 N:a4  25. R:b7 and the end will prove different?  As it is, White suffers devastating material loss.

Adios for now!

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