The Hidden Dragon: Part 4

Jun 23, 2011, 7:56 AM |

In Part 3 we gave an example of one way to transpose from the Pirc into the Sicilian Dragon.  Naturally the ability to transpose depends on your opponents knowledge of your defense and how they choose to play.  As such you will need to study the Pirc in its entirety to know how to counter attack Pirc style, and how to transpose into a favorable line of the Sicilian Dragon. I reccommend the book Pirc Alert!

In Part 4 we are giving an example from the King's Indian Defense that uses a similar theme as the Pirc in Part 3.  Naturally you will want to understand the King's Indian Defense fully as well.  I recommend the book Play the King's Indian by Joe Gallagher.

Just like the Pirc, we are watching to see if White will play f4.  In the King's Indian it is popular to play f4 in the "four pawns attack" variation:

This position is often reached by: 1. d4...Nf6 2. c4...g6  3. Nc3...Bg7  4. e4...d6  5. f4...0-0


White has played f4 and Black's King is safely castled.  Black waits for a chance to pounce.  Just like the Pirc example in Part 3, Black is looking at the e4 pawn and the possible PIN of the c3 Knight against Whites King.







White moves Nf3, a natural developing move preparing for a kingside castle.  Black jumps at the opportunity to play ...c5!  Revealing the Hidden Dragon.

White has a couple options here.  dxc5 is the one we will look at as it is very common.  However it should be noted that White can choose to push the d pawn to d5, or reject to move the d pawn and instead develop another piece maintaining the tension in the center.  The bold e5 push is also an aggressive option.  You will need to know how to respond to each, so read the book suggested.






When White plays dxc5 Black responds with ...Qa5! just like the Pirc example.  Again this allows two options both great for Black. 

If White defends the e-pawn that is under durress and the Knight that is pinned to the King, the Black simply captures the c5 pawn with the Queen, reaching a favorable Sicilian Dragon set up. 












If however White fails to address the e4 pawn and the pinned Knight then...

With Whites King exposed in the center and the Knight on c3 under triple pressure Black has a great game from here.

In Future Parts of The Hidden Dragon Blog I will begin to show my playbook move by move with diagrams.  I will give the first several opening moves and the many variations that are most likely.  I will not go beyond 9 moves of any variation.  Only the moves that are necessary to give us clues or indications of Whites plan/intentions.  I find that if I at least know the plan, target squares, themes of each variation then I can just play accordingly.