83. The Bayonet Attack – Part 3

On the occasion of the release of my Chessable course about the Bayonet Attack, I present you a very instructive game between two world class players, where many of White’s ideas come to fruition. Despite being a rapid game, the quality of play is pretty high. If you want to settle the “King’s Indian question” once and for all, the Bayonet Attack might be for you.

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[Event "Sharjah World Stars"]
[Site "ICC INT"]
[Date "2020.06.12"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Wojtaszek, Radoslaw"]
[Black "Amin, Bassem"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E97"]
[WhiteElo "2719"]
[BlackElo "2686"]
[Annotator "Wahls"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "2020.06.12"]
[EventType "tourn (rapid)"]
[EventRounds "10"]
[EventCountry "UAE"]
[EventCategory "19"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceVersion "1"]
[SourceVersionDate "2020.07.31"]
[SourceQuality "1"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 {The Classical
Variation is the most principled line against the King's Indian Defense.} e5 7.
O-O Nc6 {If Black wants to have some fun, he has to play the mainline, as other
options are rather passive.} 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 $1 {[#] The Bayonet Attack is the
critical test of 7...Nc6. Now, it is very difficult for Black to avoid a clear
disadvantage.} a5 {[%csl Yc5] This is Black's second most frequent move. It
might be superior to the more popular 9...Nh5. By undermining White's pawn
structure, Black tries to prevent the typical advance c4-c5.} 10. bxa5 {
Stronger than the more popular 10.Ba3.} Rxa5 11. a4 {[%cal Gc1a3,Ga3b4,Yc4c5,
Ya4a5] White prepares Ba3-b4, followed by either c4-c5 or a4-a5, with c4-c5
following later.} c5 $6 {[%csl Rd6] [#] Black radically prevents a future
c4-c5 by blocking White's c-pawn. For this privilege, however, he has to pay
the price of weakening the pawn d6.} (11... Ra8 $16) (11... b6 $16) 12. Ra3 {
A typical place for the queen's rook in the Bayonet. In case Black plays ...
f7-f5, the center will become dynamic. Then, it is good to have removed the rook
from the long diagonal. But the main motivation for this move is aggressive in
nature. The rook will find interesting tasks on the kingside, once the
position has opened. Also, doubling heavy pieces on the b-file (Qb1, Rb3) is a
common pattern.} Ne8 13. Kh1 $5 {White will often play g2(g3)-g4 in this
position type, somewhere down the road. Also, anticipating a bishop check on d4
can be a good to have.} h6 {[%csl Yg5][%cal Gf7f5] Preparing ...f7-f5.} (13...
f5 14. Ng5 {[%csl Re6] This is the standard reply, when there is no pawn on h6.
} h6 $2 (14... b6 15. f4 $16 {White is much better prepared for infighting,
due to his space advantage.}) 15. Ne6 {The typical jump.} Bxe6 16. dxe6 {
[%csl Rb7,Rd5,Rd6] In many positions, this pawn can be maintained on its
advanced position. But even if Black manages to get rid of it, this doesn't
mean that he is doing okay.} Qc8 $6 (16... fxe4 17. Nxe4 Nf5 18. g4 Nd4 19. g5
d5 20. Nc3 hxg5 21. Nxd5 Nxe6 22. Bd3 $18 {[%csl Rg6,Rg8] All of White's
pieces are directed towards the kingside.}) 17. exf5 gxf5 18. g4 $1 {
Undermining Black on the light squares.} Qxe6 19. gxf5 Nxf5 20. Bf3 {[%cal
Rf3d5]} Kh8 21. Nd5 $18 {[%csl Rb7,Rh8] White's piece activity is so much
better than Black's, that he will be able to successfully launch an attack or
win the b-pawn.}) 14. Bd2 Ra6 15. Qc1 {[%cal Rd2h6] White wants to drag the
king to h7, where it will oppose White's bishop in case of ...f7-f5.} Kh7 $6 (
15... g5 16. Bd3 f5 17. exf5 Bxf5 18. Qb1 $16 {[%csl Re4,Re6,Rf5,Rg6,Rh5] In
this g5-structure, Black is very weak on the light squares.}) 16. Bd3 f5 {
[%cal Rf5f4]} 17. exf5 {White mustn't allow Black to gain space with ...f5-f4.}
gxf5 $2 {In a miserable position, Black opts for the worst continuation. Now,
White will be able to use his pawns to open up the kingside.} (17... Bxf5 18.
Be2 $1 {White would like to expel Black's bishop from the b1-h7 diagonal and
afterwards return with his bishop to d3. The simple 18.Qc2 is also very good,
however.} Nf6 (18... g5 $2 19. g4 $1 Bd7 20. h4 $18) 19. Nh4 e4 20. Qb1 $16 {
[%csl Rb7,Re4,Rf5] with strong pressure on the lights squares.}) (17... Nxf5
18. Qb1 Nf6 19. Bc2 Kh8 20. h3 $16 {[%csl Rb7,Rd6,Rg6,Rh6] White is close to
winning.}) 18. Nh4 $1 {[%cal Gh4g6,Gh4f5] The knight is clearing the f-pawn
and setting its sights on the soft spots in Black's position.} Nf6 19. f3 $18
{[%csl Ge4,Rh7][%cal Gg2g4] [#] Preventing ...e5-e4 and preparing a future
g2-g4. Due to the space advantage, created by the pawn d5, Black has no
resources to successfully defend the kingside.} Nfg8 20. g3 $6 {White could
have played more directly.} (20. g4 Kh8 21. gxf5 Qe8 22. Qe1 Nxf5 (22... Qh5
23. Ne4 Bxf5 24. a5 Bh7 25. Rb3 $18 {[%csl Rb7]}) 23. Nxf5 Bxf5 24. Bxf5 Rxf5
25. Ne4 $18 {[%csl Rb7,Rd6,Ge4,Rg6,Rg7,Rh6][%cal Gf1g1,Ge1h4] Black has all
the weaknesses and White the active pieces.}) 20... Bf6 21. Ng2 Ng6 22. Nb5 $6
{Here, White could have sacrificed his g-pawn for a direct attack. It is
understandable, however, that in a rapid game you play in a conservative mode.}
(22. g4 $1 fxg4 (22... Bg5 23. gxf5 Bxf5 24. Bxf5 Rxf5 25. Bxg5 Qxg5 26. Qb1 {
[%cal Rb1b7,Gb1h7]} Rf7 27. Rb3 Qe7 28. f4 $18) 23. fxg4 Bxg4 24. Bxg6+ Kxg6
25. Ne4 Kh7 26. Rg3 Bc8 27. Nxf6+ Rxf6 28. Nh4 Kh8 29. Rfg1 Ne7 30. Bxh6 $18)
22... Bg7 23. Qb1 $1 {[#] Intensifying the pressure on the b1-h7 diagonal.} h5
$2 {This doesn't prevent 24.g4.} (23... Kh8 24. Bc2 $18 {[%cal Gg3g4]
Including the rook in the battle on the kingside. White will open up the
position former or later.}) 24. h3 $2 {Too timid again, but the winning
advantage remains on the board, as Black faces problems with his structure.} (
24. g4 {Prying open the cover of his majesty.} hxg4 (24... Nh6 25. Bxh6 Bxh6
26. gxf5 $18) 25. fxg4 e4 26. gxf5 exd3 (26... Bxf5 27. Rxf5 Rxf5 28. Bxe4 Rf6
29. Bxg6+ Rxg6 30. Rh3+ Bh6 31. Nh4 $18) 27. fxg6+ Kh8 28. Qxd3 $18) 24... Bh6
25. Be1 $6 (25. f4 $18 {is more logical.}) 25... Kg7 $6 26. f4 e4 (26... Rf7
27. Bd2 Qe7 28. Qd1 $18 {[%csl Rf5,Rh5] Black's pawns are too weak.}) 27. Be2 {
The h-pawn cannot be saved anymore, as advancing it would allow g3-g4.} Nf6 (
27... h4 28. g4 $18 {[%cal Gg4g5,Gg2h4]}) 28. Bc3 Kh7 29. Bxf6 Qxf6 30. Bxh5 {
[#] White's advantage has finally materialized, but his positional superiority
remains.} (30. Nc7 $1 {with idea of} Ra7 31. Qb6 $18 {would have been even
stronger.}) 30... Rg8 31. g4 {Again, 31.Nc7!} Bg7 32. g5 Qb2 33. Qd1 $1 {
Having a material advantage doesn't force you to exchange queen's, if there
are good chances for an attack.} Bd4 34. Rg3 $6 (34. Rb3 $1 {would have been
decisive on the spot:} Qa2 35. Bxg6+ Kxg6 36. Nh4+ Kf7 (36... Kg7 37. Nxd4 $18)
37. Qh5+ Kf8 38. Nxd4 cxd4 39. Qh6+ $18) 34... Bd7 35. Bxg6+ Kxg6 36. Nh4+ {
Now, Black's king gets into trouble.} Kf7 37. Qh5+ (37. Rb3 $1 Qa2 38. Qh5+ Kf8
39. Nxd4 cxd4 40. Qh6+ Ke8 41. Qh7 $18) 37... Ke7 38. g6 (38. Qh7+ $1 Rg7 39.
Nxf5+ $18) 38... Rxa4 39. Nxf5+ Kd8 40. Qh7 $4 {Allowing Black to turn the
tables.} (40. Rg2 $18) 40... Re8 $4 (40... Ra2 $19 {Never stop focusing, as
long as the queens are still in play.}) 41. Rg2 {Now, the second rank is save,
again.} Qb3 42. Nbxd6 $6 (42. Qh4+ Kc8 43. Nfxd6+) 42... Rh8 43. Nf7+ Kc8 44.
Nxh8 $6 (44. Nxd4 $18) 44... Bxf5 45. Nf7 Bxh3 $6 46. Qg8+ {followed by 47.
Qd8#.} 1-0

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