King's IndianE81

FM Stephen Muhamad (2337)
IM Eugene Perelshteyn (2515)

World Open (6)

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Bg5 The King's Indian Defense: Samisch. The system with 6. Bg5 is becoming a favorite of mine. I think it is very difficult for black to meet. 6... h6 7. Be3 c5 Offering a ree" pawn. I have seen many games where white accepts the pawns, and in my opinion black usually gets adequate compensation for it. I had no intention of letting black off the hook so easily. 8. d5 e6 9. Nge2 exd5 10. cxd5 h5 I usually head for g3 in this line, but black's last move forces white to take a different route. 11. Nc1 Nbd7 12. Be2 a6 13. a4 Of course black cannot be allowed to expand on the qside so easily. 13... Ne5 14. O-O Nh7 Preparing to take active measures in the center. White must act quickly or black will seize the initiative. 15. h3 Preparing f4. 15... h4 16. f4 Nd7 17. Qd2! Now if black wants to play g5 to secure the e5 square for his knight, it will cost him a pawn. 17... f5 18. Bf3 Best. Capturing on f5 would secure the e4 square for a black knight. Now black is unable to capture on e4 because the b1/h7 diagonal would be too weak. 18... Rb8 19. N1e2 With this move, I had in mind the forthcoming vacating sacrifice. 19... b5 20. axb5 axb5

Now it seems that black is ready to start pushing the white forces back. Then black would be able to spring his pieces back into the game with effect. But I played a move that caught my opponent totally off guard. 21. e5 dxe5 22. fxe5 Here my opponent thought for about 20 mins. He wrote down a move and thought for another 10 mins before scrathing out the move and writing down another. 22... Bxe5 I guess black did not like the looks of the postiton after 22... Nxe5 23. Bxc5 23. Nf4 Now black is faced with the terrible choice between allowing white the two bishops on the open board, or allowing a steed to take up residence on the 6th rank. 23... Rf6 24. Ne6 I did not hesitate to move the knight because I knew he had a very bright future. 24... Qe7 25. Ra7 Bd6 26. Re1 White cooly organizes his forces before moving in for the finish. 26... b4 27. Na4 Bb7 28. Bf2 Ne5

Here I could have started nabbing material on the kside, but it seemed to cheap a payment for my work. 29. Naxc5 g5 30. Nxb7 Rxb7 31. Ra8+ Rb8 A wise decision. White cannot be allowed to roam the back rank. 32. Rxb8+ Bxb8 33. Bd1! Redeploying the bishop seals black's fate. The bishop will be a terror on the a2/g8 diagonal. 33... Rg6 34. Bb3 Bd6 35. Qc2! Now the queen enters the fray with decisive effect. 35... Qf6 36. Qc8+ Nf8 37. Bd4! Black could resign here, but my opponent fights to the bitter end. 37... g4 38. Bxe5 Bxe5 39. Nxf8 Qb6+ 40. Kf1 gxh3 41. Nd7+?! Taking the simple way out. The proper finish was 41. d6+ Kh8 42. Nxg6+ Kg7 43. Nxe5 with a rout. 41... Kh7 42. Nxb6 hxg2+ 43. Ke2 h3 44. Qxf5 h2 45. Qh5+ 1-0


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