How Much is that King's Indian Dark Square Bishop Worth?

How Much is that King's Indian Dark Square Bishop Worth?

blohmoremoney
blohmoremoney
Mar 15, 2016, 6:48 AM |
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How do you quantify compensation?

Following on from my blog post (https://www.chess.com/blog/blohmoremoney/analysing-my-own-games-when-you-cant-find-a-plan), GM Bojkov helped review my game. He highlighted to me that my play with White showed how dangerous it is to exchange White's dark squared Bishop for the gain of a pawn, leaving no counterpart to fight the Black dark squared Bishop.

This loss was a great lesson to me, for now I can see how Black dominated the dark squares.


Carlsen-Topalov, Nanjing 2813








Instead of 11. ... Nfd7, GM Marin suggested 11. ... a4, reaching the above position.

 

"This is possible right now as it was hardly favourable for White to capture this pawn at the price of exchanging his dark-squared bishop and weakening the dark squares in his camp (especially after g2-g4):" (Marin)


Immediate Queenside Play

A classic example of stopping half a move short in analysis!