This week's featured game was played
at the Chigorin Memorial Tournament a few years ago. Mikhail Chigorin
(1850-1908) is probably the most under-recognized player in chess
history. The founder of the Russian school of chess, he was the
challenger for the world championship in 1889 and 1892 but never
Chigorin's Defense (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6) has achieved
respectable results in top play around the world. Black tends
to achieve quick development and piece pressure. These advantages
force white to play very carefully, and if not prepared, often
passively-leading to a slight edge for black.
we see in this game between Kachar and Kochyev is the King's Indian
Defense (KID). One of the hypermodern openings players
develop on the flanks first and then challenge the opponent's
central control the KID is employed by many grandmasters
today, including GM Gary Kasparov.
The kind of attack that
black gets in this game is typical of this opening. Notice how
quickly Kochyev gets in the driver's seat and calmly builds his
attack until it is time to break through Kachar's position with
Kochyev then uses the activity of his pieces to
create the winning combination. Piece activity is a goal in chess
that I cannot stress enough. You can solve tactical puzzles until
your eyes glaze over, but it will do you no good unless you can
create such opportunities in a game. The only way to go about
doing that is to make your pieces more powerful than your opponent's.
White to mate in two moves.
Link to solution at the bottom.
Kachar, V. (2304) - Kochyev, A.
Chigorin Memorial Tournament,
St. Petersburg, 2000