Game Analysis: Finding improvements and picking up dead bodies.

Mar 30, 2018, 6:54 PM |

I lost this game which I thought I already had in my pocket. maybe I relaxed some between the moves or my opponent is just outright better than me.

I wanted to explore a new line for Black that looks like the KID structure some how. So I just pushed c5. It turned out that there's an established but generally unexplored defense for Black. ECO Modern Defense: Pterodactyl with an early Queen a5 maneuver. This is contrary to the principle of bringing out the queen after developing minor pieces. If I am to explore this defense further, it will be in contradiction in what I have been following for the last several years. Here is a short video about the defense: