Category Archives: King’s Indian

GM Master Class-Portisch Las Palmas 1976

Veteran GM Portisch demonstrates a long patient massage with the bishop pair finally winning in a BB vs BN endgame.

Portisch,Lajos (2625) – Hernandez Onna,Roman (2460)
King’s Indian Classical 6…c5[E91]
Las Palmas (8), 1976

Position 1
The bishops dominate the board and white is ready for the kill. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

44..Ne7

Perenyi Memorial 2013-01 Reader’s Submission

Here is a big battle from the Perenyi Memorial played in January earlier this year.

Zilahi,G (1958) – Nagy,L (1935)
King’s Indian g3[E60]
Perényi (5), 15.01.2013[Yip,M]

Position 1
Black is trying to force a kingside attack through as has just played 24…Nh3+. How should white respond?

White to Play

24…Nh3+

Here is a recent attacking effort(TWIC 952) from the TCh-HUN.

Horvath,Cs1 (2526) – Konnyu,J (2328)
King’s Indian Averbakh 6…Na6[E73]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Budapest HUN (6), 27.01.2013

Position 1
White is all set up to attack the kingside. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

22..Qd7

18th Bosnjaci Open(CRO)-Aczel,G(HUN)

Here a game from the 18th Bosnjaci Open(CRO) played by Aczel,G.

Black played a passive version of the g3 King’s Indian and was slowly being squeezed. After breaking on the kingside, black’s king was very vulnerable and  the kingside eventually crumbled.

Aczel,G (2448) – Vincze,Rob (2102)
Kng’s Indian g3 9.h3 Re8 10.Re1 Qc7 [E69]
18th Bosnjaci Open Bosnjaci CRO (4.12), 05.01.2013

Position 1
Black’s king has just walked into the line of fire with 24…Kh7. How should white respond?

White to Play


24…Kh7

5th Chennai Open 2013

Here is Czebe’s Rd5 game.

Visakh,NR (2205) – Czebe,A (2494)
King’s Indian 6…c6[E62]
5th Chennai Open 2013 Chennai IND (5), 18.01.2013

Position 1
Black has the bishop pair and is nicely lined up on the queenside. What do you suggest for black?

Black to Play

24.Qe2



Gibraltar Tradewise 2013 Rd1

Here  is the Rd 1 game of Fairbairn,Stephen(CAN)

Black lost some time with …Bf5-c8 and got squeezed over the whole board after missing a chance for active play.

Docx,Stefan (2426) – Fairbairn,Stephen (2021)
King’s Indian[E90]
Tradewise Gibratar Chess Festival 2013  (1.62), 22.01.2013

Position 1
Black has just played 21..a6 to expel Nb5 and perhaps was hoping to get in …b5 to escape the bind. How should white respond?

White to Play

21…a6


Basel 2013 Rd6, GM Hansen,E(CAN)

Here is Hansen’s rd6 game.

Hansen,Eric (2568) – Mladenov,Svetlin (2407)
King’s Indian Classical h3 [E90]
Hilton Open 2013 Basel (6.6), 04.01.2013

Position 1
Black has just planted a knight in the center with 23…Nd4. How should white respond?

White to Play

23…Nd4


Amator Cup 2012-11 Group D

Here is another game by Zilahi,G from Group D action.

Zilahi,G (1940) – Molnar,L (1993)
King’s Indian g3[E64]
Amator Cup Group D (5), 21.11.2012

Critical Position
There seems to be no direct threats. Can the …Nxg3 idea be for real or is it a bluff? What should white do now?

White to Play

First Saturday 2012-11

Summary
There were 4 double RRs with the IM group being the only single RR.
FS GM 2012-11: GM Szabo Krisztian won by a clear point with 8/14.
FS IM 2012-11: Liu Guanchu(CHN) won by a clear point with 9/11. FM Kojima Shinya(JPN) did well with 7/11.
FS FMA 2012-11: IM Szalanczy Emil dominated and won clear first with 8/10.
FS FMB 2012-11: FM Mayer Istvan crushed the field with 9/10.
FS FMC 2012-11: Nemeth Otto took clear first with 7.5/10.

FS GM 2012-11
GM Szabo, Krisztian won by a clear point with 8/14. Also of note 13-year old Gledura, Benjamin made an IM norm.

GM Szabo Krisztian
Photo Chessbase

FM Gledura Benjamin at the Agria Chess Festival
Photo By Diana Mihajlova  Chessbase

Final Ranking crosstable after 14 Rounds
Rk. Name                     Rtg FED           1 2 3 4 5 6 7                                    Pts.
1 GM Szabo Krisztian 2541 HUN         *** ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1      8
2 GM Bakre Tejas      2481 IND           ½ ½ *** ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½      7
3 GM Varga Zoltan      2456 HUN      ½ ½ ½ ½ *** ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0      6.5
4 FM Gledura Benjamin 2336 HUN      ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ *** 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½      6.5
5 IM Hagen Andreas Skytte 2418 DEN 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 *** ½ ½ 0 +      5.5
6 IM Arngrimsson Dagur 2386 ISL      0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ *** 1 ½         5
7 IM Kharous Ernest      2367 RUS      0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 – 0 ½ ***           3.5

FS IM 2012-11
Liu Guanchu(CHN) won by a clear point with 9/11. FM Kojima Shinya(JPN) did well with 7/11.

Kojima Shinya

Final Ranking crosstable after 11 Rounds
Rk. Name Rtg FED                               1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12      Pts.
1 Liu Guanchu                2233 CHN      * 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1           9
2 FM Massoni Michael 2381 FRA      0 * 1 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 1 1                8
3 FM Kojima Shinya      2339 JPN      0 0 * 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1           7
4 FM Hou Qiang           2289 CHN      ½ ½ 0 * 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 1           6
5 IM Kislik Erik Andrew 2413 USA      0 1 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1           6
6 Aryan Chopra           2051 IND           ½ 0 0 1 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½      5.5
7 IM Szeberenyi Adam 2347 HUN      0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½      5
8 FM Holm Sejer           2274 DEN      0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 * ½ 1 1 0           4.5
9 IM Wittmann Walter      2245 AUT    0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1      4.5
10 IM Battey Alexander 2362 USA      ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½      4
11 FM Stigar Petter           2290 NOR ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½      3.5

FS FMA 2012-11
IM Szalanczy Emil dominated and won clear first with 8/10.

Final Ranking crosstable after 10 Rounds
Rk. Name Rtg FED                          1 2 3 4 5 6                               Pts.
1 IM Szalanczy Emil 2237 HUN      *** ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1          8
2 Schenkerik Csaba 2074 HUN      ½ 0 *** ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 –           6
3 Farkas Richard 2107 HUN           ½ 0 ½ ½ *** ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1      5.5
4 Juracsik Jozsef 2157 HUN           0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ *** ½ ½ 1 ½      4.5
5 Egri Laszlo Jr. 2134 HUN            0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ *** 1 ½       4
6 Atnilov Boris 2118 ISR                0 0 0 + 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ***           2

FS FMB 2012-11
FM Mayer Istvan crushed the field with 9/10. Not sure what happened with players 5,6.

Final Ranking crosstable after 10 Rounds
Rk. Name Rtg FED                               1 2 3 4 5 6                          Pts.
1 FM Mayer Istvan HUN                      *** 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 + 1 +      9
2 Marcu Simon SVK                           0 ½ *** 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 + 1 +      6.5
3 Csetneki Mark HUN                          0 ½ 0 ½ *** 0 ½ 1 + + +    5.5
4 Burghardt Michael GER                     0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ *** 1 0 1 +      5
5 Tessedik Karoly HUN                      0 – 1 – 0 – 0 1 *** – –           2
6 Havaskori Laszlo HUN                     0 – 0 – – – 0 – + – ***           1

FS FMC 2012-11
Nemeth Otto took clear first with 7.5/10. Local favorite Mihajlova turned in a strong performance with 6/10.

Mihajlova Diana
Photo FB

Final Ranking crosstable after 10 Rounds
Rk. Name Rtg FED                     1 2 3 4 5 6                               Pts.
1 Nemeth Otto 1790 HUN           *** 0 1 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 1          7.5
2 Mihajlova Diana 1445 ENG      1 0 *** 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1           6
3 Merk Andras 1498 HUN           1 0 1 1 *** 0 0 – ½ 1 1          5.5
4 Schmidt Wolfgang 1390 GER      ½ 0 1 0 1 1 *** 0 1 ½ 0      5
5 Szalay Tibor 1804 HUN           0 0 0 0 – ½ 1 0 *** 1 1           3.5
6 Szabo Miklos Istvan 1342 HUN 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ***         1.5

Here is a nice attacking game from the GM group by the winner.

Hagen,Andr (2418) – Szabo,Krisz(2541) [E97]
FSGM Nov 2012 Budapest HUN (6.2), 08.11.2012
Typical mutual attacks are in progress. How doesblack continue? Protect the queenside or charge ahead on the kingside?

Black to Play

Vintage Portisch on the g3 King’s Indian(1964)

‘Lajos Portisch (born 4 April 1937 in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary) is a Hungarian chess Grandmaster, whose positional style earned him the nickname, the “Hungarian Botvinnik“. One of the strongest non-Soviet players from the early 1960s into the late 1980s, he participated in twelve consecutive Interzonals from 1962 through 1993, qualifying for the World Chess Championship Candidates‘ cycle a total of eight times (1965, 1968, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1983, 1985, and 1988). Portisch set several all-time records in Chess Olympiads. In Hungarian Chess Championships, he either shared the title or won it outright a total of eight times (1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1975, and 1981). He won many strong international tournaments during his career. In 2004, Portisch was awarded the ‘Nemzet Sportoloja‘, Hungary’s highest national sports achievement award.’-Wikipedia

Portisch,L at Malta OL-Wikipedia

Here is a nice game featuring a plan which is still relevant today in the King’s Indian.

Portisch,Lajos – Gligoric,Svetozar [E69]
HUN-YUG Budapest (2.1), 1964
This middlegame is can be divided into distinct parts
(1)A quiet building phase where e4 is overprotected and small improvements are made to the position
(2)A favorable transformation in the pawn structure
(3)Concrete attacking play to break down the kingside

Critical Position 1
Nothing seems to be happening. What is white’s plan? Continue building? or is there a chance for concrete play?

White to play

Critical Position 2
The position still looks very calm. What is white’s plan? Build? A combination? Maneuver around?

White to play

Critical Position 3
Black’s kingside looks too well fortified for a direct attack. What should white do? Press the compromised queenside pawns? Fight for the d-file? Patiently look for building moves? or is there something else?

White to play