Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Kernighan-Klemm, Mount Arlington 2005


Black to play after 16.Kb1 in
Gulko-Zvjaginsev,New York 1997.

NM Mark Kernighan recently played an interesting game with a rare line of the Nimzo-Indian: 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2?! Perhaps the "?!" annotation is too harsh, but his opponent certainly got a lot of counterplay and had a number of ways to equalize early on. The game is worth playing over not only for its rare opening but also for its crazy middlegame and fine ending, which Mark conducted with his typically superb technique. I have tried to do a complete work-up on the opening, since it seems the type of thing that club players are bound to encounter from time to time. The diagram above is taken from one of the more interesting games with the line, Gulko-Zvjaginsev,New York 1997, with Black to play. The full game can be found in my notes to the Kernighan-Klemm game.

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