Welcome to my Réti / Kings Indian Attack (ECO A07) game with Carlisle Clewis page!

On this page I have posted one my chess games in The Kings Indian Attack.

The game includes analysis and diagrams. I believe that this is my only draw against an expert in Over the Board (OTB) play. I was up a Rook, a Bishop and a pawn when I settled for a draw because I could not see a way out of perpetual check in an OTB game. I missed a win!

Second Brandon Action
Brandon, Florida
Round 2, Board 1
Game Played 8 February 1990
White: Mike Serovey (1772) Black
Carlisle Clewis (2013)

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c5 4. c4 Nc6 5. O-O Bg4

Kings Indian Attack after 5... Bg4.

Kings Indian Attack after 5… Bg4.

As far as I can tell this is the only time that I have ever been in this position. Considering the rating of my opponent I think that I handled this pretty well at the time. White was hoping for a reversed Benko Gambit but it never happened.

6. b3 e6 7. Bb2 d4 8. d3 Bd6 9. Na3 a6

Kings Indian Attack after 9... a6.

Kings Indian Attack after 9… a6.

Black’s last move was unnecessary because I was planning to put the Knight on c2 anyway.

10. Nc2 Ne5?

Kings Indian Attack after 10... Ne5?

Kings Indian Attack after 10… Ne5?

Black underestimated his lower rated opponent and makes his first mistake that costs him material. Better was 10… 0-0. Black is ganging up on f3 hoping to double a pawn there but ends up dropping his own pawn at b7 instead.

11. Nxe5 Bxe5 12. Bxb7 Ra7 13. Bc6+ Nd7 14. f4 Bd6 15. Qe1 O-O

Kings Indian Attack after 15... 0-0.

Kings Indian Attack after 15… 0-0.

White is up a pawn and decided that now was the time to open the Center. Preparing to play b4  would also have been worthwhile.

16. e3 Qb6 17. Bg2 Bf5 18. Qe2 Be7 19. exd4

Kings Indian Attack after 19. exd4.

Kings Indian Attack after 19. exd4.

If Black plays 19… cxd4?? then 20. Bxd4!! wins the Rook at a7. So, Black played 19… Bf6 in order to get his pawn back.

Bf6 20. Qf2 Bxd3 21. dxc5 Qxc5 22. Bxf6

Kings Indian Attack after 22. Bxf6.

Kings Indian Attack after 22. Bxf6.

My analysis shows that 22… gxf6 is Black’s best move here. Taking the Rook at f1 loses material after Bd4 so Black captures the Knight at c2 instead.

Bxc2 23. Bd4 Qf5 24. Bxa7 Nf6

Kings Indian Attack after 24... Nf6.

Kings Indian Attack after 24… Nf6.

White is now up a Rook and a passed pawn but Black makes him play it out anyway.

25. Rfe1 Qd3?? (Traps the Bishop at c2 and later loses it.) 26. Rac1 Ng4 27. Qxc2 Qd7 28. Bb6 Rb8

Kings Indian Attack after 28... Rb8.

Kings Indian Attack after 28… Rb8.

White is now up a Rook, a Bishop and a passed pawn that has a Queen and a Rook behind it! Here is where I made the mistake that cost me the win. I needed to keep the Black Queen off d4 so 29. Rcd1! would have been the wining move. Even 29. Bf2 would have been OK. The pawn on c5 cuts off the Bishop’s protection of d4.

29. c5? Qd4+ 30. Kh1 Nf2+ 31. Kg1 Ng4+ 32. Kh1 Nf2+ 33. Kg1 1/2-1/2

Kings Indian Attack after 33. Kg1 (Final position).

Kings Indian Attack after 33. Kg1 (Final position).

Black has perpetual check on the White King so the game was drawn by repetition  of position, unless White plays his King to f1. I missed a win here until I looked at this position with Houdini 3! I should have played 32. Kf1 and then if 32… Nxh2+ then 33. Ke2 e5 34. c6 Qxb6 35. c7 Rc8 36. Qf5 Qe6 37. Red1 exf4+ 38. Qxe6 f3+ 39. Bxf3 fxe6 40. Rd8+ Kf7 41. Rxc8 Nxf3 42. Kxf3 g5 43. Rg8 g4+ 44. Kxg4 Kxg8 45. c8=Q+ Kf7 46. Rc7+ Kf6 47. Qh8+ Kg6 48. Qg7# I could not see that far ahead in an OTB game, so I agreed to a draw in a position that I could have won!

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