The Deadly KID Pawn

What makes a chess combination beautiful? It can be many things, and the combination executed in this game from 1997 contains lots! Czech Grandmaster Lubomir Ftacnik, playing white, and Yugoslavian Grandmaster Ognjen Cvitan enter the highly theorized Mar del Plata variation of the King’s Indian Defense (KID). The typical Mar del Plata race culminates with a beautifully coordinated combination involving a queen, bishop, 2 knights, and 1 deadly pawn. This video is from the “Aesthetic Chess Combinations” playlist at
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Nd2 Ne8 10. b4 f5 11. c5 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Nc4 g5 14. a4 Ng6 15. Ba3 Rf7 16. b5 dc5 17. Bc5 h5 18. a5 g4 19. b6 g3 20. Kh1 Nh7 21. d6 Qh4 22. Bg1 Bh3 23. bc7 Bg2 24. Kg2 Qh3 25. Kh3 Ng5 26. Kg2 Nh4

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