The King's Indian Attack
Notes on a Lecture by FM Steve Stoyko
The great thing about an opening like the King's Indian Attack as White is that it is more about piece placement and positional motifs than it is about specific book lines. Every piece has its best square -- except the dark-squared Bishop. As FM Steve Stoyko pointed out in discussing these games, the successful development of White's queen's Bishop thus often signals the end. As he put it: "As soon as you know where that Bishop goes, the game is over." It is remarkable how well that idea holds up across these nine examples.
Steve Stoyko (2341) - John Jarecki (2239) [B50]
New Jersey 1983
In his notes to the game, John Nerney writes that 10... e5 is the "only move."
Steve Stoyko (2340) - Fitzko (1950) [A04]
New York/New York, NY 1984
15. Bxd5!? exd5 16. Bf4 would appear an even more decisive entry of the dark-squared Bishop but that it leaves Black with complete control of the light-squares and an attack on the long diagonal. 16... Qc6 17. Bxb8 dxc4 18. Be5 Bb7~~
The Bishop enters with threat and invites the decisive weakening of Black's kingside.
Fritz finds the rather deep and complex idea 27. Rxa7! Qxa7 28. Bxc5+ Re7 29. Qc4 Ba6 (29... Rd8 30. Nxc8) 30. Bxe7+ Kxe7 (30... Qxe7 31. Qxa6 ) 31. Qxd3! Qxb6! (31... Bxd3 32. Nc8++-) 32. Qxg6 Kf8 33. Rxe5! with a decisive attack for White. Steve's approach is just as fast.
There is no easy way for Black to defend against the threat of R1a1, Rxa7 and Bxc5+, but letting the White Queen invade on the kingside or e6+ is not helpful.
Steve Stoyko - Paul Truong [B40]
N.J. Open/New Jersey (6) 1983
White already has a substantial advanage, which the Bishop's placement on the long diagonal helps to solidify due to the pressure on the Black e-pawn.
Steve Stoyko (2340) - Peter Radomskij (2260) [A05]
Quad/New Jersey (1) 1990
Steve Stoyko (2340) - G.. McDonald (2220) [C00]
Action Quads/Westfield, NJ
A more recent game of Steve's went 3... c5 4. Ngf3 Nc6 5. g3 g6!? 6. Bg2 Bg7 7.
A sacrifice that makes way for the dark-squared Bishop!
and in this complex position, Black forfeited on time. 1-0
Steve Stoyko - M.. Schechter (2293) [B50]
U.S. Teams/New Jersey (3) 1986
3... Nf6 4. Nbd2 g6 5. g3 Bg7 6. Bg2 e6 7.
5... e5 6.
17. e5! d5 18. Bh3 Rf8 19. Ne3 d4 20. Ng4 Nd5 21. Bh6 Rb7 22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. Ng5 h5? 24. Nf6 Nxf6 25. exf6+ Rxf6 26. Ne4 Rbf7 27. f4 Qb6 28. Nxf6 Rxf6 29. Ra1! Ne7 30. Re5 Kf7 31. Qe2 Bb7 32. Re1 Qc6 33. Bg2 Qxg2+ 34. Qxg2 Bxg2 35. Kxg2 Nd5 36. c4 bxc4 37. dxc4 Ne3+ 38. R1xe3 dxe3 39. Rxc5 Ke7 40. Kf3 Rf8 41. Kxe3 Kd6 42. b4 Ra8 43. Ra5 Rf8 44. Ra6+ Kd7 45. b5 Rf5 46. Ra7+ Kc8 47. Re7 g5 48. Rxe6 h4 49. gxh4 gxh4 50. Kf3 Rh5 51. Kg4 Rh8 52. Ra6 1-0
Steve Stoyko - Koval (2113) [A08]
New Jersey Open/New Jersey, USA 1983
6... Bd6 instead would eventually entail playing Pe5 to secure the dark squares-which would only weaken the light!
Many players see this exchange as equalizing, but it surrenders the center and causes Black difficulties preventing White's space-gaining Pe5 except by playing Pe5 himself, surrendering control of the important light squares.
Such short-term tactical threats often help White in achieving his strategic ends.
Black's Knight adventure has lost time and surrendered the two Bishops. White has a very significant edge, especialy as he now advances in the center, opening the long diagonal and gaining space.
13... Nd5 wold cause Black problems after Qg4, Rd1 and c4.
White could immediately play 15. Bh6!? but he wants to encourage Black to castle into an attack.
Not the best idea, but the King will not be safe anywhere.
As usual, the dark-squared Bishop deploys to its best square and signals that the end is near.
Defenders like to say you can't mate a King if he's protected by a Knight at f8. In this case, though, it's the dark squares that give White entry.
A desperate idea that helps White in opening lines.
Steve Stoyko - K.. Farrell [A04]
Hillside A vs. B/Hillside, NJ USA 1983
You can even play the KIA against the Pirc, which is bound to be something for which Black has not prepared.
Against White's a4, Black needs to prepare his queenside advance by b6, a6, Rb8 and only then b5. That gives White lots of time for play on the kingside or in the center.
Black's play on the queenside has been curtailed, but White's play on the kingside is progressing rapidly.
Black's play on the queenside is stymied and his kingside is ripe for invasion.
and Black resigned rather than face 31...d5 32.Qe7 with an inevitable new queen by f6-f7-f8=Q.
Steve Stoyko - Spiro [A08]
Independent League Match/Hillside, NJ USA 1984
Trying to encourage the following exchange by Black, which surrenders the center.
As usual, the dark-squared Bishop enters the game with an important effect. Black is now forced to make the following advance, which only further weakens the light squares and creates targets for White's growing initiative.
With the idea of redeploying to c3.
Black appears at first to have equalized by the exchange of Knights and by forcing White's pawn to e4, blocking the e-file. But the resulting position leaves White with the much better Bishops (since the Bishop at g2 can redeploy), the safer King, the better pawns, and the better development (which guarantees he will have control of the important d-file). These are not in themselves winning advantages, but together they create a solid edge for White.
A rather dubious redeployment of the Bishop, making it difficult to challenge on the d-file. Necessary was 16... Rd8 17. Rad1 c4!? (17... h5!?) 18. Qg4 g6 19. Bc3 h5~~ with the plan of not castling but working to gain a favorable position for the ending.
The following exchange of Black's best piece is good for White, as Stoyko recognizes. Most importantly, Black will now not be able to prevent White from completely dominating the open d-file by Rd5!, Re1, and Qd3 if he chooses.
White's positional advantage grows and grows.
White's attack practically plays itself since the plan is dictated by clear features of the position. Now the pressure on e5 aids White to a breakthrough.
The e-file opens again.
Black's best try is 28... Qxe6 29. dxe6 Kh7 30. Rxe5 Kg6 31. Rd5! (31. e7? Re8 32. Kf2 Kf6 33. Re1 Rxe7 34. Rxe7 Kxe7 35. Ke3 Ke6 36. Ke4 g6= will get White nowhere.) 31... Re8 32. Rd7 Rxe6 33. Rxa7+/- when White has a long road ahead to convert his pawn advantage.
...in the classic fashion made famous by the game Capablanca - Tartakower, New York 1924, White eschews the win of Black's pawns in order to use them to shield his King from checks from behind as he supports his passed pawn to the queening square.
Black resigns since, to prevent Rf5, he must play 37....g6 38.Re6 Rg7 39.h4! and White will win with the aid of zugzwang. This was an admirable technical handling of the KIA.
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