The best defend is the counterattack?
GM Blatny,P (2560) - IM Kong Liang Deng (2415) [B06]Saitek US Masters Hawaii 1998
1.Nf3it’s a flexible move which can be transposed to some other openings you are not good at !the fight was started at the very first move!
GM Blatny loves to play an unusual set up with g3,b3 but he played a normal move this time!
1...g6this is also a flexible move! by delaying Nf6 to stop 2.b3!,since black will grab the long diagonal by 2…Bg7 . This is the Modern defence,Black starts the game by fianchettoing his king’s bishop. It’s a universal opening and can be played against any openings (except1.b3 or 1.b4)
The ideas of delaying Nf6
1) The diagonal of his bishop is opened and will be more direct attack on d4.
2) No worry about e4-e5 hitting his knight on f6.
3) The knight will be played flexibly on f6 or e7 or h6 depends on white's plan...
4) White can’t play the typical plan to attack by Be3, Qd2 and Bh6.
But the disadvantages of delaying…Nf6 are that with the knight on g8 the black kingside will be behind the development.no pressure on e4 pawn like the Pric Defence so White will have too much flexibility.he can adopt any set-up that suits his style.
2.d4 Bg7 3.e4 c6 4.Nc3 d6now it transposed to The Pirc Defence.
5.h3 Nd7 6.a4 Qc7 7.Bc4 Ngf6 8.Qe2 e5prevented White's threat of e5.
9.dxe5 dxe5 10.b4!?
A surprising move . it looks like a good move at my first sight, it was extending the spatial advantage on the queenside and when the center is fixed ,the attack must be happening on the wings. but nothing is perfect in my chess expenriences.this helped me to worked out some disadvantages for this aggressive move:1)it won't be safe for white to castle on queenside because his pawns are too loose on b4,a4. 2) His knight on c3 is unprotected now.We will see how Black exploit these elements to counterattack back in the rest of the game.
10...0–0 11.Ba3 h6prevented Ng5.
This was a logical move after Black's h6,it was threatening Ng6,and anyway I didn’t trust this aggressive move again based on the reasons were :a rimed knight would be a slim knight! And He was trying to outplay me on the both wings.But this was too aggressive to control the game. So I knew I must counter back to against his plan!
Here was his plan: Ng2 -g3and h4-g5.and his king seems safe to stay in the center where is safer than on the sides.I asked my self:how could he play chess in such a perfect plan? I had to destroy it right now! or it would be too late.
13...b5!!This was exploiting the disadvantages of 10.b4!. I was forced to find out such a good counterattack move!. 14.axb5 cxb5 15.Nxb5 Qc6!this was the key move to start counterplay.on the center and preparing for a6 and Nb6 as well.
16.Bb2 Nxe4Now Black won the strategical race! the center is opened and placed the white king in danger.he had to run away from the open area now.
17.0–0–0 it's forced since after17.0–0 Bb7 the White king is still in trouble 17...Nb6 18.Bd3 Ng5Threatening e4,the bishop on d3 would be trapped.
19.Nd6this was a tricky move and was trying to switch his knight to central square e4 and gave his bishop more air to b5.at my first sight,I was thinking about 19... Be6, but I found a stronger move ,once the position is opened ,you have to play as strong as you can!19...Nd5!taking the knight on d6 and preparing for some possible attacks like Nb4,Nc3,Nf4.
20.Bc4The fight was more and more tough, I knew I need to cool down myself to find out the best way to attack!
20...Be6I noticed the most possbile line after 20...Nxb4 21.Bxe5 Bxe5 22.Qxe5 white has something to play for even it might be still good for black and I thought I should asked for more this in such a tactical position.
21.Bxe5 Nc3this was a move that I prepared for the attack along the weak color complex on the queenside. 22.Bxc3 Bxc3 23.Bb5! a good forcing move to counter back to gain time for regrouping his defending force! Frankly speaking, my first reaction was 23...Qb6 right after Bb5. but suddenly there was a flash over my brain; all my pieces were ready to attack, and his bishop on b5 was just provided a golden moment for my next attacking plan! My attacking plan along the dark colors squares had been building sooner after my bishop was on c3! it just needed a helper to complete its good job!.You could imagine how excited I was once I touch the next fancy move!!
23...a5!! this was one of the most beautiful moves in my tournament games especially against a GM! 0–1