To attack or defend depends on the situation

To attack or defend depends on the situation

In the game which follows, Black gets into attacking mood, firstly he succeeds in delaying White from Castling and then manages to get an attack on the King twice, after White ahs almost fizzled out the attack the first time.

White: Novikov,I (2601) – Black: Smirin,I (2652)
Las Vegas open Las Vegas, 1999
The King’s Indian Defence
1.d4  Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7
The King’s Indian Defence
4.e4 d6 5.f3 0–0 6.Bg5 a6 7.Qd2 Nc6 8.Nge2 Rb8 9.d5 Ne5 10.Ng3 c6 11.Be2 b5
If 11...Bd7 12.f4 Neg4 13.h3 h6 14.Bh4 is better for white
12.cxb5 cxd5

If 12...cxb5 13.0–0² Bd7 14.Kh1 Rc8 15.f4 Nc4 16.Bxc4 Rxc4 17.e5 Ng4 18.exd6 f6 19.dxe7 Qxe7 20.Rae1 Qd8 21.Bh4 was played in a previous game and resulted in a victory for White


White introduced novelty here. If  13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nxd5 Bg7  15.a4 (15.f4 Nd7 16.a4 h5 17.Ra3 h4 18.Nf1 Nc5

13...axb5 14.Nxb5 Bb7 15.Bxf6
White shoud have played 15.Nc3 Ba8 …16.0–0 Qb6+

A good move by Black. White gets advantage after 15...Bxf6 16.Ne4 Bg7 17.0–0

If 16.0–0 Qb6+ 17.Kh1 Rfc8
16...Nd7 17.f5
If 17.Nxd6  f5 18.Nxb7 Rxb7µ; 17.0–0 f5
The White King is stranded in the centre and cannot move.
If 18.0–0–0 Ba6 19.Nc3 Bh6 is better for Black
18...Ba6. Black sacrifices a second pawn as he is more content in posting his pieces on the crucial central squares from where they can exert maximum influence. If 18...Rfe8 19.Nbxd6 (19.Nexd6 Re5 20.Nc4 Rxe2+) 19...Re7 20.Nc4. 19.Nbxd6 Ne5 20.b3
If 20.a4 Bxe2 21.Kxe2 (21.Qxe2 Qa5+ 22.Kf1 (22.Nc3 Rxb2 And if 22.Qd2 Nd3+ 23.Ke2 Rxb2) 22...Qxd5
 20...Rfd8 21.Nc4
If 21.Bxa6 Qxa6 22.Qe2 (22.Rd1 Bf8 23.Nxf6+ Kh8) 22...Rxd6 23.Nxd6 Qxd6 24.0–0 Qxd5
21...Nxc4. If 21...Bxc4 22.bxc4 Bf8 23.Kf1
22.bxc4 Re8 23.c5
White hardly has any choice as other moves will concede advantage to Black. If 23.Qd3 Re5–+ (23...gxf5) ; 23.Ng3 Bxc4
23...Qa7 24.0–0. White finally castles
24. .. Rxe4 25.Bxa6 Qxa6
White has lost a piece but has two passed pawns in the centre
If 26.d6 Re2 27.Qd5 Rbb2
26...gxf5 27.Rac1
If 27.c6 Bf8; 27.d6 Qc6
27...Qa3 28.d6 Rb2 29.Qd5
Diagram 1
29. ..Rbe2. For the second time in the game  Black manages to get an  attack over  the white king
30.Rxe2. If 30.Rf1 Qb2
30...Qxc1+ 31.Kf2 Qf4+ 32.Ke1 Rd4
Now the White King is very vulnerable as there is no defence for him
33.Qa8+ If 33.Qf3 Qc1+ 34.Kf2 Qxc5 35.Re8+ Bf8 36.Qg3+ Rg4+
33...Bf8 34.Qa3 Qxh2 35.Qe3 Re4 36.Qf2 Rf4 37.Qe3 Bh6 38.Qe8+
If 38.d7 Qh1+ 39.Kd2 Rd4+ and black has no problems . 38...Kg7 39.Kd1 Qg1+ 0–1
Diagram 2
White to play and win
1.Bxc5 dxc5  2.Rd1+ Kc7  3.exd5 Qg3+ and White should win.

Manisha Mohite