Despite the symmetrical nature of the pawn layout the position is not clear White is already threatening to burst out with B-f4 and £jd2-b3/f3, exploiting Black's classical development by harassing the bishops Consequently Black endeavours to strike the first blow

Maybe a little too direct for most people, this aggressive response makes sense from a positional and psychological point of view White was hoping that his king would spend much of the game tucked safely away in the corner, watching while Black's comes face to face with his own marching pawns After the natural II 0-0 12 £lb3 iLb6 13 £>ld2 followed by ¿Sd2-c4 White has an edge on both sides of the board thanks to the threat of f3-f4

12 h3 Ii4

Thinking only of his f-pawn. White is in automatic mode Better is 15 &bd2' followed by 16 £¿4. keeping an eye on e5 in readiness for f3-f4 and introducing the possibility of 5k4-e3-f5

Preparing for the inevitable f3-f4.

Black simply focuses his forces on the centre The first square which comes to mind is the one directly in front of the soon to be isolated e-pawn

16 f4 exf4

Forced because Black was threatening to take absolute control of the e5-square with £)f6-d7

20 Bf5 #e7

with an unclear position With a little more patience and flexibility White could have made something from his opening experiment It certainly throws Black off balance and forces him to think for himself, and the prospect of facing an early pawn advance can be uncomfortable for Black

7 King's Indian Defence Reversed

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