False(?) French Fears

“True attacks are realised only with many coordinated pieces and rarely with one or two.” Andre Philidor

I’ve had problems as Black against the Kings Indian Attack. I’ve tended to get overly concerned with White’s Kingside attack and her h pawn advance. As a result, I’ve often, as in this game, played f5 – which is either too early or unnecessary. Having gone through this game with Nigel I think(!) I will feel less concerned about the h pawn advance in future. The variation Nigel gives at move 10 was particularly interesting to me. In it Black focuses on advancing his pawns on the Queenside and while White gets his pawn to h6 Black maintains control of the dark squares around his King.

Dan Staples