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Learning the Averbakh With Chess.com's Chess Mentor.

Learning the Averbakh With Chess.com's Chess Mentor.

Dec 16, 2016, 10:06 AM 2

Hello Chess.com members,
My username is CNoahSay and this is my first blog post. Recently I finished the lesson on Chess.com for the Kings Indian Defense Averbakh variation. This variation was brought up to me recently by a player the my local chess club (Chicory Cafe South Bend, IN Mon.6p-8p) as well as John Bartholomew mentioning that he played it at the London Chess Classic this year. I've heard of it before but never really understood the move 6.Bg5 and thus wanted to look at more standard development (principled moves in my head) along the lines of the Orthodox variation. Wanting to see what the hype was about the Averbakh variation I have decided to learn a bit about it.
Though you should not look at winning percentages with the opening explore to determine if the line is good, white has a very good winning percentage in the Averbakh variation. In my first blog post ever I will show you the first game I played immediately following finishing this lesson. I will also show you the very mainline in that lesson. I will compare what I did in the opening versus what was taught as well as some computer analysis of the middle game. This was a short game that lasted only show 12 moves. My opponent resigned after playing the move g5 for unknown reasons, though the position of his king was open there was stil plenty of game to play. Though it was a short game it included many of the ideas I learned in the lesson. Instructive moments for my first go with it such as when the computer wanted to play Nf3 which is the move delayed in this opening. This is a 3:2 game, I enjoy this time control a lot and especially when I am learning openings to see what I may run into. I am a roughly 1400-1500 player in blitz my opponent was rated 1488 and I was rated 1416. Please leave any comments, recommendations, ideas and any milestones in the learning process that helped you evolve to play this opening better.


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