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    CC International Master Paul Cavezza's Avatar
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    Why Qe1 in the KIA?

    Hi all,

    Why and when Qe1? In what situations is it good / bad? When black plays a fianchetto? Is the idea e4, f4, g4, Qh4?! I'm baffled.

    For example here in Korchnoi - Reshevsky 1968:

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1081819

    White plays Qe1, then black cramps himself with Nbd7 and instead of e5 immediately he plays Qe2!

    ps. Obviously I'm aware it's to play e4, but why not Re1?

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    Perhaps it is because eventually the queen has to come out and can only do so via the a5-e1 diagonal?

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    But then he goes straight back to the other diagonal
    I guess it's simply because the Rook is good on f1 and he wants to play e4.

    Also- can anyone explain Bg4 in that game?

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablito15
    But then he goes straight back to the other diagonal
    I guess it's simply because the Rook is good on f1 and he wants to play e4.

    Also- can anyone explain Bg4 in that game?

    cheers
    Correct. R is better on f1. Bg4 is just putting the B on a better square.

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    Thanks Jammo. Great game that one!

    I guess the rook only comes to e1 against the French setup when white's played e4-e5

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    The position in that game at move 23 says much IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablito15
    Thanks Jammo. Great game that one!

    I guess the rook only comes to e1 against the French setup when white's played e4-e5
    The point is that in the KIA French a piece attack is genuinely dangerous and will usually be decisive if black doesn't get counterplay going. White will often throw his h-pawn down the board but this is also to vacate the h2 square for a knight to go f1-h2-g4-(x)h6. Vacating f1 is also necessary for that manouver. The f-pawn advance is not needed for these plans.
    Last edited by Desmond; 26-06-2012 at 07:27 AM.
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