GrandMaster Flash White Lines!

GrandMaster Flash White Lines!

Oct 10, 2016, 6:47 AM |

GrandMaster Flash knew something about Chess when he penned these immortal words ...


 "(Ooh White Lines) Vision dreams of passion
(Blowin' through my mind) And all the while I think of you
(High fry) A very strange reaction
(For us to unwind) The more I see, the more I do
(Something like a phenomenon) Baby!
(Tellin' your body to come along, but white lines blow away)"



White lines were indeed the key to active play on the White side of a King's Indian. I incorporated this idea of g4 which has been scoring at 70% since the late 80's. Instructive for me is the use of open (White) lines.


Restraining Black's f5 break

I recall reading a game annotation where I think it was Geller (maybe Gligoric) recommending that in the King's Indian, Black should avoid playing both ... e5 and ... c5 at the same time. Play one or the other, but never both. I imagine it's because you lose a valuable tempo (and get no counterplay).
Here I adopted an idea from the early 90's with 11. g4 to totally clamp down on Black's ... f5 break. Black ended up going for it, but I feel White is better placed to take advantage of the opened lines as his pieces are more active.

Critical Opening Position
Black undertook a novelty with 18. ... Nfxd5 attempting to exploit the undefended White Knight on h4.
However, with the Zwischenzug 19. Ng6+ White is able to create a new weak pawn target at g6, and open the White lines along the h-file.

Shortened Diagonals
I missed a thunderous blow with 28. Bh6! (instead I played Rg6). In ganging up on g7, White is threatening to remove the dark squared Bishop (which has a very short diagonal) with Ne4, after which a Bishop will land on g7 and create discovered check chaos.

My Game Annotations and Analysis

Illingworth - Solomon, Melbourne 2016 
I hadn't seen this game from my two countrymen (before I played my own one). I quite prefer Illingworth's idea of overprotecting f5 with Bd3, Qf3 and Nh4 before preparing to get his Rook on the g-file. To me, it gives Black far less play than say in my game.

Gelfand - Ivanchuk Kramatorsk 1989
Interesting is Gelfand's closure of the Kingside after obtaining all his preparation on the Queenside. A model idea should Black's not rush with the f5 break.

Avrukh - Plakalovic, Plovdiv 2010
For me, this game supports my view that White is better placed to exploit the open lines and diagonals. Black attempts to sacrifice a pawn for activity, but being behind in development, he can't justify it.

Gelfand - Romero, Wijk aan Zee 1992
Here we see Gelfand's destructive use of the g-file. Black attempts to conjure activity but he is a move behind.

Kramnik - Knaak, Dortmund 1992
I was quite drawn to a more positional buildup by Kramnik, and it is almost comical the finish of the trapped Rook nestled in the heart of White's territory. I'd prefer this calmer buildup in future