D'Amore - Michael Valvo [A08]

New York Masters/New York, NY USA 1990

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. d3 Nc6 4. Bg2 e6 5. O-O Bd6 6. Nbd2 Nge7 7. e4 O-O 8. Re1 Bc7?!

Better is 8... Qc7 , as Karpov himself switched to in the late 70s.


9. exd5! Nxd5

Perhaps better is 9... >= exd5 10. d4! cxd4 11. Nb3 though Black's isolated pawn presents potential problems.


10. Ne4! b6 11. d4! cxd4

11... c4 12. c3


12. Nxd4 Bb7

12... >= Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Bb7 14. c4


13. Bg5!

As Steve Stoyko says, "When White knows where to deploy his dark-squared Bishop in the King's Indian, the game is usually over."


13... Nde7? 14. Nf6+!!

John Hall and Jan Cartier in their book "Modern King's Indian Attack" where this game appears write, "The personable and very talented master Michael Valvo is caught asleep at the switch, though his opponent deserves full credit for his aggressive tactics." Mike immediately resigned rather than submit to something like

14... gxf6 15. Bxf6 Qe8 16. Nxc6 Bxc6 17. Qd2 Bxg2 18. Qg5+ Ng6 19. Qh6 1-0

Game in PGN