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The game I am presenting was played at the women’s under 26 world championships. It is a hidden pearl, as it, despite being not 100% perfect, displays many beautiful motifs of the King’s Indian pawn storm. It is a reminder for the White player, to only enter the pawn storm scenario with very good preparation. In my opinion, it is very pragmatical to avoid the pawn storm altogether, for instance by playing the Bayonet Attack.

The underlying rational for this attitude belongs to the fundamentals of risk management. When the playing field is level, you are free to toss a coin, if this suits your mentality. In the King’s Indian Defense, however, you start with a distinct advantage, which makes you having more to lose than Black. Hence, a conservative approach appears more advisable to me.


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