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Friday, June 08, 2007

The Kindergarten Attack

Gary Lane has an interesting article at ChessCafe entitled "The Kindergarten Attack." The name was inspired by George Gasparakis from Greece, who writes:

"I have been teaching children how to play chess and their initial plan is usually something like a4, Ra3 or h4, Rh3. While I try to teach them the ‘correct’ way to develop, I also try to learn from them. In this, I was also inspired by Deep Fritz’s rook manoeuvre vs. Kramnik.

My idea is rather childish, but it can be also very aggressive. In the Benko Gambit Accepted, after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5 4 cxb5 a6 5 bxa6 Bxa6, why not try 6 h4!? with three possible plans, all designed to keep the initiative, and maybe the pawn:

  • If Black continues normally, the plan is Rh3, Ra3, simplifying the position and keeping the pawn, which gives a very pleasant Benko (just remove a pair of rooks and the position is much easier to defend).

  • If Black plays ...e6, then after the pawn exchanges Rh3, Re3 with an attack (since Black cannot sacrifice on the queenside, open the center, and finish kingside development).

  • Simply attacking on the kingside, with h5 or g4.

I would like to propose the name ‘the kindergarten attack,’ since my young pupils were the source of this inspiration."

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