1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c6 3. Bg2 Bg4 4. d3 Nd7 5. O-O Ngf6 6. Nbd2 e5
This is one of Black's best replies to the Reti. He has a solid centre and easy development for his pieces. White is happy to promote a complex middlegame.
7. e4 dxe4 8. dxe4 Bb4!?
This is the move. I had only seen lines where Black put his Bishop on e7 or c5. The latter is a favourite of Michael Adams. The point of ...Bb4 is to provoke c2-c3,which would expose the d3 square. There are strange threats to the pawn on e4 connected with Bxd2. As you will see, Re1 now becomes less attractive for White. Even odder is the fact that I have searched high and low for a Westerinen game in this variation but cannot find one. I believe Nigel though; it looks like the product of his original mind.
Let's look at the immediate attack on the Bishop,neither of which are any good: 9. a3 Bxd2 Yes, Black was threatening this move! 10. Qxd2 (10. Bxd2 Nxe4 11. Re1 Nxd2 12. Qxd2 Bxf3 (12... f6)
13. Bxf3 Qc7 14. Rad1 O-O-O 15. Bg4 f6 16. Re3 g6 17. Rd3 f5)
10... Nxe4 11. Qe3 Bxf3 (11... f5!? 12. Nh4 Nec5 13. f4 Ne6 14. fxe5 f4 15. Qb3 Ndc5 16. Qc4 Qb6 17. Kh1 g5 18. Nf3 Rf8 19. b4 Qa6 20. Qxa6 Nxa6)
12. Bxf3 Nef6 13. Rd1 O-O Black has an extra pawn.(13... Qb6!?)
9. c3 I really don't trust this with d3 so exposed. 9... Be7 (9... Ba5 10. Nc4 Bc7 11. Ne3 (11. Nd6+ Bxd6 12. Qxd6 Nxe4 13. Qa3)
11... Bh5 12. Nf5 O-O=)
10. Re1 O-O 11. Nc4 Qc7 12. h3 Bh5 13. Qc2 Rad8 Play has taken a normal course for this line,except that White's Queen is slightly misplaced on c2 and d3 is weak. These small details can only work in favour of Black, whose ongoing plan would be something like ...Rfe8 and ...Nf8-e6.
9... Bh5 10. Re1?!
I just dont think he can see what to do and so plays a 'normal ' move. a lot of ordinary KIA players are like robots anyway. They have learned a ' winning system' from various repertoire books on the market and carry out the plan irrespective. Perhaps that is a little disrespectful, but I do think KIA exponents just want a easy life and it's our job to see they don't get it!
10. a4 O-O (10... Qc7)
11. Qe2 Re8 was tried in the following reasonably high-level game and provoked a very strange move out of White; 12. Qc4!? Bf8 (There is nothing wrong with 12... a5 either.)
13. Nb3 Qe7 14. Nh4 Nb6 15. Qc3 Be2 16. Re1 Ba6 Whose light-squared Bishop is more effective now? This is an idea one must keep in mind when one plays this line. Black would love to leave White with his Bishop on g2 staring at the pawn on e4. 17. a5 (17. Nf5 Qb4 18. Qxb4 Bxb4 19. c3 Bf8 20. Bg5 Re6 21. Red1 Nc4 gives Black excellent play.)
17... Nbd7 18. Nf5 Qe6 19. Be3 g6 20. Nh6+ Kg7 21. f3 Qc4 22. Qxc4 Bxc4 23. Nd2 Be6 24. Ng4 Nh5 25. Bh6+ Kg8 26. Bxf8 Kxf8 27. Kf2 Rad8 28. Bf1 f5! 29. exf5 gxf5 30. Ne3 Ndf6 31. Nec4 e4 32. f4 Re7 33. Nb3 Rg7 34. Nc5 Ke7 35. Ra3 (So that if 35. Nxb7 Rb8 36. Nc5 Bxc4 37. Bxc4 Rxb2 38. Bb3 Rxg3 39. Re3 Rxe3 40. Kxe3 Nd5+ 41. Kd2 Nhxf4)
35... Bxc4 36. Bxc4 Rd2+ 37. Re2 Rd4 38. Ba2 Rd1 39. Nxb7 Rh1 40. Nc5 Rxh3 41. Rb3 Rh2+ 42. Kf1 Rxe2 43. Kxe2 Rxg3 44. Rxg3 Nxg3+ 45. Kf2 Ngh5 46. Ne6 Ng4+ 47. Kg1 Kf6 48. b4 Ne3 49. Nd4 Nxf4 50. a6 h5 51. Nxc6 h4 52. Nd4 h3 53. Kh1 Ng4 54. Bc4 Nh5 55. Ne2 f4 0-1 Foisor,O (2422)-Belov,V (2540)/Cappelle la Grande 2003 I think Foisor basically chose the wrong opponent to play the KIA against. White got nothing from the opening and was forced to play a game of chess on equal terms. Well, the stronger player came out on top and was even able to inject originality into the game with the early...Bb4.
10. Qe2 Qc7 11. b3 O-O 12. Bb2 is another way to develop the White pieces. At least this way he doesn't weaken d3 and eyes Black's pawn on e5,which can be a vulnerable point. 12... Rfe8 (However, I am really not sure why Crawley did not go for 12... Bxd2 13. Qxd2 Nxe4 14. Qe3 Bxf3 15. Bxf3 Nef6 White has two Bishops,but has he really got enough for a pawn? I doubt it: 16. Rfe1 (16. Rad1 Rad8 17. Qxa7 (17. Bg2 Rfe8 18. a3 a6)
17... Ra8 18. Qe3 Rxa2)
16... Rfe8 17. Rad1 a6 18. c4 (18. Bg2 Rad8 19. c4 b5 20. Rd2 bxc4 21. bxc4 Rb8)
18... Rad8 19. Ba3 e4 20. Bg2 Qa5)
13. g4 Bg6 14. Ne1 Rad8 15. Nd3 Bf8 16. Rad1 Nc5 17. Nxc5 Bxc5 18. Nc4 Rxd1 19. Rxd1 b5 20. Nd2 Rd8 Black has a slight edge even here based upon the superior activity of his pieces. Note the pressure on e4,tying White down. 21. a3 h6 22. b4 Bd4 23. Bxd4 Rxd4 24. c3 Rd7 25. Rc1 h5 26. Nb3 hxg4 27. hxg4 Qd8 28. f3 Nh7 29. Rc2 Rd1+ 30. Bf1 Ng5 31. Kf2 Ne6 The manouvre of a Black Knight to e6 is also a very common idea overall and one which you should pay close attaention to. From e6 the Knight eyes several key squares : d4,f4,c5,g5. In this case the idea of ...Nf4 is simply crushing! 32. Kg3 Nf4 33. Qf2 Qg5 34. Rd2 Rb1 35. Rb2 Nh5+ 36. Kg2 Bxe4 37. Rxb1 Bxb1 38. Qd2 Nf4+ 39. Kg3 Bg6 40. Qd6 Nh5+ 41. Kh3 Qf4 42. Qd8+ Kh7 43. gxh5 Qxf3+ 44. Kh2 Be4 0-1 Sorial,H (2316)-Crawley,G (2400)/ Tanta 2000
10... Qc7 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Qc4 a5 13. c3
After 13. a3 why shouldn't Black take space with 13... b5! 14. Qe2 Bc5
13... b5 14. Qe2 Be7 15. Qf1 Rfd8 16. Nh4 Nc5 17. Nf5 Nd3!
This is the way! White was probably wondering how he could get into such a mess with his favourite opening so quickly! It just shows you that you can never take anything for granted at any level in chess.
18. Nxe7+ Qxe7 19. Re3 Nxb2
20. g4 Bg6 21. Qe2 Qd6
21... Na4 is also good: 22. h4 h5 23. g5 Nd7 (23... Ng4 24. Rg3 Qc5)
22. h4 h5 23. g5 Ng4 24. Rf3 Na4 25. Rg3 f5!?
He really wants to wipe him out!
A traditional win was available after 25... b4! There is no danger of the Knight on g4 getting trapped with ...Qc5+ available 26. cxb4 axb4 27. Bf3 Nc3 28. Qf1 Rxa2 29. Rxa2 Nxa2 30. Nc4 Qd4
26. gxf6 Qxf6 27. Nf1
27. Bh3 Rf8 28. Bxg4 hxg4 29. Ba3 Rf7 30. Rf1 Qxh4 31. Rxg4 Nxc3!
27... Qxh4 28. f3 Nxc3 29. Qc2 Rd1!
30. Rh3 Qe1 31. fxg4 Rf8
White's entire position has been laid waste.
32. Qb3+ Kh8 33. Bf4 Ne2+ 34. Kh2 Rxa1 35. gxh5 Bh7 36. Bd2 Qd1 37. Qxd1 Rxd1 38. Re3 Nd4 39. Bxa5 Rdxf1 40. Bxf1 Rxf1 41. Bc7 Rf7 42. Bb8 Rf8 43. Bc7 Re8 44. Kg3 c5 45. Kh4 c4 46. a3 Nc2 47. Rg3 Bxe4 48. Rg5 Nd4
There are only a mere handful of games with an early ...Bb4; why I cannot say. To me the move and ideas associated with it seem to be fully playable. Perhaps the brain isnt ready to put the Bishop on b4. We just see c2-c3 and leave it at that. However, on the second and third glance, c2-c3 isn't much good. I can recommend this method to you and I will certanly be playing it myself!