Reti Opening: Path Finding Play



Position after 16 ... Bf8.

White's ready strike force is being taunted by
Black's noncommittal men. But, how to make
progress? The backward d6 pawn is a target.
Yet, if White gangs up on it by doubling up on
the d-file, it gives him nothing. That's because
d6 is presently covered and if need be, it can
be shielded some more. b6 is also backward.
Nonetheless, White can't easily access it.
Maybe the kingside? After all, most of Black's
men are on the opposite wing, and regrouping
them is no picnic. 17 g4, with g5 in mind,
is a possibility: 17 ... e5 18 Nd5 Qb8 19 Nxf6+
19 ... Nxf6 20 Nf5. However, there must be a
more direct approach to the attack:

17 f5



Ceding e5 but troubling e6 in the process.
It's all about giving and taking!

17 ... e5 18 Nd5 Qb8 19 Nc2 Nxd5 20 cxd5 Be7
21 Ne3 Bg5 22 b4 Qa7 23 Bc3 b5 24 Bd2 Nf6
25 Qf2 Qd4 26 h4 Bh6 27 Nf1.



17 ... e5 18 Nd5 Qb8 19 Nc2 Nxd5 20 cxd5 Rc7
21 Nb4 Nc5 22 f6 a5 23 fxg7 Bxg7 24 Nc2 Ba6
25 Qf3 Kh8 26 Ne3 b5 27 Nf5 Qb6 28 Kh1 b4.



17 g4 h6 18 a3 Nc5 19 b4 Ncd7 20 Nd5 exd5
21 cxd5 Qb8 22 Nc6.
17 g4 h6 18 h4 e5 19 Nd5 Qb8 20 Nxf6+ Nxf6
21 g5 Nd7 22 Nf5 exf4 23 Qg4 Ne5 24 Qxf4
24 ... hxg5 25 Qxg5 Qc7.


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Comments:

Lance said...

Thanks for this lengthy analysis, Chris.
I've looked at the Reti a bit, but never
was able to figure out where to go without
transitioning to something else. Perhaps
soon you could post a middle game plan that
results from a Reti that begins with
1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 dxc4 as I have never understood
how to play that continuation. I know that "book"
calls for 3 Na3 c5, but that move by Black seems
unintuitive and therefore an unlikely response by
any opponent who is not a theoretician
(just as 1 … d5 seems the most logical response
from lower ranked opposition -- like me!); and
even still, I don't understand the middle game goal
of this variation. Any thoughts? Thanks, Lance.

Chris said...

You’re most welcome. The analytical work is somewhat
lightened by good old silicon vision. I’ll definitely make a
post on your 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 dxc4 Line. It should be done
shortly. Take it easy.

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2 comments:

Lance said...

Thanks for this lengthy analysis, Chris. I've looked at the Reti a bit, but never was able to figure out where to go without transitioning to something else. Perhaps soon you could post a middlegame plan that results from a Reti that began with 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 dxc4 as I have never understood how to play that continuation. I know that "book" calls for 3 Na3 c5, but that move by black seems unintuitive and therefore an unlikely response by any opponent who is not a theoretician (just as 1 ..d5 seems the most logical response from lower ranked opposition -- like me!); and even still, I don't understand the middlegame goal of this variation. Any thoughts? Thanks, Lance

Chris Kannon said...

You’re most welcome. The analytical work is somewhat lightened by good old silicon vision. I’ll definitely make a post on your 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 dxc4 Line. It should be done shortly. Take it easy