85 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook # 56Well, it's hard to believe, but with a summer road trip, a bout of the flu, the wife's foot surgery and some home remodeling all taking up time and energy, it's been over a month since I posted a Novice Nook entry. My apologies, fellow travelers. I used to have a student, Matt, who would post in my absence, but I think music took over his life after he finished college and he's no longer on GK.
Anyway, this week's column is an essay on king safety and, while you may think that would be strictly a novice issue, he provides some pretty sophisticated examples in the later pages. Well worth the read.
The article is entitled, "When is a King Safe?" and the link is:
77 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks!WSchmidt, Thanks for restarting the series. I downloaded the article long ago, but hadn't read it. Your post provided just enough of a push to motivate me into studying the article this morning.
The contrast between the two different games in #56 was especially interesting for me. Some times a particular expression of an idea helps to crystallize a concept that has previously been vague. In other words, at some level, I already understood the major points of the article, but his expression of the ideas made my understanding more concrete, and I suspect more usable. I have a history of launching both successful and ill considered King side pawn attacks, and this article may help to sort out the future opportunities that have better potential.
44 ( +1 | -1 ) One idea...for black in the first game (the one with the locked up center and where white launched a massive attack with a sac on h6) was to retreat his king over to the relative safety of the center of queenside, where the locked up center would protect his/her king. Rather than pointlessly maneuver as he did, waiting for white to move in, black could've played 17. Kg8 followed by Nh7 and then Kf8 where the cowarly king will find some cover.