Nakamura playing the KID, and defending his kingside pawn storm
The following is a very common early position in the KID.
This position was seen in Game 1 of the Nakamura-Ponomariov match in St. Louis. Ponomariov managed to win this game in spite of aggressive play by Nakamura. Nakamura is known to aggressively attack the kingside with lots of pawn pushing from this position. How did Ponomariov defend this, and what plans did he make to win the game?
To see, we look at a game in which Nakamura won with his aggressive stratedgy. It was against Boris Gelfand in the 2010 WTC. Here, Nakamura manages to create a crushing attack on the kingside. Gelfand's first move from the above position was 9.Nd2. The knight is headed to c4 where the following position is reached.
Here, the knights supports a pawn attack on the queenside. This crazy game featured both sides pushing pawns on opposite sides of the board. Here is the game.