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<p>The Controversial Samisch King's Indian Chis Ward BATSFOR First published 2004 Copyright Chris Ward 2004 The right of Chris Ward to b identified a Author of this work ha been asered by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Ptents Act 1988. ISBN 07134 8872 7 A CIP catalogue record for this book is avilable from the British Librar. All rights resered. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission from the publisher. Printed in Great Britain by Creative Print and Design (Wales), Ebbw Vale for the publishers B.T Batsford Ltd, The Chrsalis Building Brmley Road, London, W I 0 6SP ww .chrsalisbooks.co.uk An imprint of ChrsalifBooks Group plc Distributed in the United States and Canada by Sterling Publishing Co., 387 Prk Avenue South, New York, NY I 00 16, USA A BATSFORD CHESS BOOK Contents. Page Preface 5 Bibliography 6 Chapter 1: Introduction 7 Chapter 2: 6 ie3 e5 7 d5 14 Chapter 3: 6 ie3 e5 7 lge2 56 Chapter 4: 6 ie3 lbd7 83 Chapter 5: Rare Black moves afer 6 ie3 and delaying ... 0-0 103 Chapter 6: The Panno 6 ie3 lc6 127 Chapter 7: 6 ie3 c5!? 149 Chapter 8: 6lge2 175 Chapter 9: 6 ig5!? 193 Chapter 10: Odds and Ends 213 Index of Illustrative Games 221 Main Variations: Quick Reference Guide 222 To Green Man Sa/sa! Preface I' ve got to say that opening books are becoming so much harder to write these days. The sheer volume of games available in even the most obscure of lines is just mind boggling. Some readers don't want to be supplied with reams of variations and yet others will complain if they are not told what to do afer this move or that move (however unlikely it may be to appear in an actual game). An author might smugly overtur the assessment of an older variation knowing only too well that a few years (months or weeks! ?) down the road he himself/herself (yes I must apologise to any female readers for the frequent use of ' him' . I' m not sexist; I' m just lazy and have a poor grasp of the English language! ) could become a victim of some even more complete analysis. Nevertheless, despite the amount of work involved, I was happy to produce a text on the ' King' s Indian Simisch' as it has been an opening close to my hear ever since my early chessplaying days as a junior. This book by no means covers every variation but it does include an awfl lot of ideas. Possibly the only thing controversial about this book is the lines that didn' t quite make the cut but you' ve got to admit that the title did grab your attention! My selection of what to include and what to leave out does refect modem trends but I did also want to stress that despite the wealth of theory available in this exciting King' s Indian variant, there still remains plenty of room for innovative thought. Indeed even a cursory glance at chapter 1 0 would prove that. Anyway, I won' t keep you much longer. Although I don't think that I' ve ever read a chess book from beginning to end, that is exactly what I recommend the reader do here in order to absorb the various themes and ideas for both sides. Of course you will do what you will do but either way I hope that this book will at least provide some education and entertainment. Thanks and good luck! Chris Ward Beckenham September 2004 Bibliography Chess Inforant 1-89: Sahovski Informator Nunn's Chess Openings; Everyman 1999 The Simisch King's Indian; Joe Gallagher, B T Batsford 1995 King's Indian: Simisch Variation; Kick Langeweg, Interchess BV 1995 ECO, Volumes A and E Megabase 2004 Mega Corr 3 The Week in Chess ChessPublishing.com Chapter 1: Introduction As I' m sure all readers are aware, the King' s Indian Defence arises most commonly afer the following sequence of moves: I d4White sensibly places a pawn in the centre. . ..ll6 Black prevents the white e-pawn from immediately joining its compatriot in the middle of the board. Note that l . . . g6 2 e4 is more in the realms of an e-pawn opening - the ' Moder' or the 'Pirc' Defence where White has a choice of whether or not to deploy the c-pawn. 2c4White wants to dominate the centre but to tr to force through e4 so soon via 2 lc3 is not the way. Of course Black could allow it by 2 . . . g6 3 e4 d6 but that is a transposition into the ' Pirc' Defence and not necessarily what the second player wants. Experienced players will be aware of an interesting paradox here. As a defence to 1 e, being employed by relatively few top players, the Pirc doesn' t have the same standing as the ' KID' does against 1 d4. Indeed, faced with 1 e4 Black may prefer to employ the aggressive Sicilian Defence or match the opponent for space by l . . . e5. However invariably White Queen' s Pawn players are uncomfortable transposing to e-pawn games. This may be because it doesn' t suit their style or that it would require the learing of more opening theory. It is noticeable for example that afer 1 d4 e6 many White players eschew 2 e4 which would allow 2 . . . d5 and a French Defence, favouring instead 2 c4 with a Queens Gambit Declined (2 . . . d5) or a Nimzo-Indian (2 . . . lf6 3 lc3 .b4) as typical follow ups. More relevant for this book is the fequently troublesome 1 d4 d6 but that is covered in detail in chapter 10. Backtracking then, 2 lc3 is essentially foiled by 2 . . . d5 which makes it an unpopular choice (particularly at higher level) as White struggles to get in e4 at all. 2. g6 Facilitating the fanchetto of the king' s bishop which characterizes Black' s defence. J lcJDeveloping a piece and providing the support for fture world domination. Well, okay, that' s going a bit overboard but White' s getting 8 Introduction ready to put a third pawn in the centre (the c-pawn sort of counts ! ) . Note that some may be interested in the concept of 3 f instead which, although looking rather odd, has the advantage of preventing the more open ' Gri nfeld' defence. It is likely to transpose into the main variations of the Samisch but there are also several other intriguing possibilities which are investigated in chapter 10. However, I would recommend that you work your way forard through the book so that by the time you get there you will understand the intricacies of the move orders and transpositions. J... ig7 Black will strike out at the White centre eventually but due to to personal taste he prefers it not to be with the immediate 3 . . . d5. As mentioned above, the Grinfeld Defence tends to lead to an open type of game whereas the KD is generally associated with more closed positions. 4e4 Mission accomplished. White is now guaranteed a space advantage lasting throughout the middlegame. 4 ... d6 Though 4 . . . 0-0 is looked at in the fnal chapter, 4 . . . d6 does ensure that White' s e-pawn won't advance again for a while. Black hopes to have just enough room in which to manoeuvre. He also plans to strike out in the centre later and there is always the chance that White may over-reach and Black will get in around the back! I know what you' re thinking, could I possibly be a little less vague? Well, all in good time, but for now let' s take a look at the position that we've just reached: From here there are numerous piece set-ups that are available to White and I suppose the most popular variation is the ' Classical ' : 5 vO0-0 6 ie2 e5 Sure, get your knight out, get your bishop out and then afer a standard Black break in the centre tuck your king away as advised by opening principles. Introduction 9 However something like 70-0lc6 8 d5c79cId7 I03cJl5I I Ol4 I2 3Dg5. . . could be considered as a main line. Let's take stock of the situation. White's fxed pawns lean toward the queenside and hence, logically, c4-c5 is the push that he should be trying to achieve next. He can play on the queenside, presumably hoping to infltrate in that area of the board and perhaps winning material or promoting a pawn. Meanwhile back at the ranch Black' s fxed pawns lean toward the kingside and White can expect the enemy g- and h-pawns to approach his king with plenty of fre power in their wake. Now corect me if I' m wrong, but fom White' s point of view where is the fn in that? Alright maybe he can stave off Black' s ' tactics' and ultimately win positionally because of Black' s bad King' s Indian bishop (something we are going to see plenty of in the fture! ). But maybe not! At this point I am presuming that you the reader (interested in or currently playing the Simisch as White) have adopted my view that you don't want to be sitting around wondering whether or not you are going to be mated! I' ve lost track of the number of games where I' ve seen Black get his pawn down to g3, followed by sacrifces on g2 or h3 and the white king is done for. Such encounters are frequently illustrated in newspaper columns, texts on simple tactics and Eddy Gufeld books on his best King' s Indian victories. Yep some poor sap is always the victim but no, that's not for me thanks very much! While we're on the subject I was commentating live not too long ago at the Hastings Congress Premier 2003/2004. The following encounter which won the best game prize was in itself impressive but the post mortem explanations given by the Greek GM aferards were even more instructive: P.Heine-Nielsen-V.Kotronias I 0 Introduction J s4 s5 I4 vdJ b6 I5 3cIvl6 I6 vD h5 I7 hJ h8 I8 vb5 vcg8I9 b4 8O 20 bxa5 bxa5 2I c5 3M 22 cxd6 cxd6 2J 8c vh6 24 2c48g7 25Wc2 g4 263xs5 Wc8 27h4 gxO 283xO 3g4 293xg4 vlxg4J0 3b6 Wc7 JI vxg4 vxg4 J2 3D O JJ gJ vcJ J4 3xcJ 2xgJ+ J5D 2g2+ J6 xO Bxc2 J7 2xc2 Wxh4 J8 8gI 8xs4 J9 vcJ Zc4 40c23h64I 3b68xc4+0-IOf course I haven' t supplied you with the subtleties of 13 a4 (and how Black counteracts it) as relayed to me by Vasilios (who incidentally is the ' Good' of three Greek GM fiends that were once labelled the ' Good, the bad and the ugly' ! ). Actually I can't remember the entire explanation either but I do recall thinking that I was pleased that I hadn't been a part of that for all my chess playing years. Indeed I have pret much always been a Queen' s Pawn player myself, but I remember an amusing incident where I played Black in my one and only encounter against the legend that is David Bronstein. The game started 1 d4 .f6 2 .f (as depicted above) and although I went on to win a close game, in the post mortem he delivered a very interesting lecture on why 2 .f is far more accurate than 2 c4. The only drawback he concluded at the end was that White no longer had the options of playing the Samisch (5 f) or the Four Pawns Attack (5 f4) against the King' s Indian. A lovely guy, alas he didn't look too impressed when I responded with "but that' s all I' ve ever done! ". It is of course the truth though. Just as I started chess as a junior meeting 1 e with l . . .c5 and the Sicilian Dragon, I always kicked of with I d4 and the Queen' s Gambit. Then, when it came to learing a line against the King' s Indian, it was 5 f that immediately attracted me: Introduction 1 1 Later around Universit time I dabbled with advancing my f-pawn a little frther but I always retured to my one te love. Eddy Gufeld was quoted as saying "Ask the king' s knight what it thinks of 5 f". Presumably his implication is that the knight would rather have that square available for itself and as it is a typical resting home for the trusty steed in most openings it is a fair enough argument. But what then of the f-pawn? I guess the attitude is ' Sorry old chap but you' ll have to stay at home until the knight can be bothered to move again! ". Well again that' s not for me I' m afaid! As a junior something felt so right about placing the pawn on f so that the dark-squared bishop could sit comfortably on e3. Invariably I would soon nudge the queen up to d2 and in conjunction with castling queenside, launch an assault on my opponent' s king. The pawn on f would add support to the e4-pawn but more importantly prevent an annoying . . . lg4 whilst facilitating the advance g2-g4, typically twinned with an h2-h4-h5 storm. Over the years I began to appreciate that such a plan wasn't always appropriate and more positional elements (not involving my being mated on the kingside! ) crept in. In more recent times, for example, the emphasis has noticeably switched fom Black challenging with . . . e5 to playing for . . . c5. That ofen leads to a ' Benoni' style position where an early assault on the ememy king isn't so practical. Indeed in 1 995 English Grandmaster Joe Gallagher wrote an excellent book on the Simisch King' s Indian and we always had fascinating encounters with his playing the Yugoslav Attack against my Sicilian Dragon and my playing the Simisch against his KID. Although he has yet to see the light in taking up the Dragon as Black(! ) he did adopt the radical decision to switch fom 1 e4 to 1 d4 so that he could take on other people' s King' s Indians with - yep you' ve guessed it - the Simisch! As far as I can see his results were prety good and that only added extra spice to our own tussles. Gallagher' s book was more in the ' complete' mould - generally openings texts tend to be either of that variety or of the ' repertoire' type. I would say that ' The Controversial Simisch' is neither! Certainly because of the vast amount of data available these days I' m in awe of writers who take on the former type of project. Thousand of games are played ever day and 12 Introduction assessments of variations are constantly changing. For example, as a studious and allegedly talented (both questionable...</p>