|The Lion's den
is a variation that follows after 4.f2-f4. White develops a strong centre
by moving three pawns into the centre (d4, e4 and f4). Often your opponent
thinks he is playing against a Pirc variation. Of course the first two
moves are the same. It is also possible that white thinks 4.f2-f4 disproves
the Lion. Even after the strong advance of the centre pawns the Lion still
stands. After exchanging Queens black has a better position than white.
This variation is a good illustration of the flexibility of the Lion.
|4.||f2-f4 e7-e5||Black is not impressed by white's domination of the centre and plays on.|
|5.||d4xe5 d6xe5||If white doesn't take e5, black has to play exd4.|
pawn is (forcedly) taken by the Knight.
|7.||Qd1xd8+ Ke8xd8||White thinks it has an advantage because black cannot castle anymore.|
|8.||Bc1-f4 Bf8-d6||White prepares for castling on the Queen's side and attacks the Knight. Bd6 is better than Nfd7 because white can't play Nf3 anymore (Nxf3+ and gains a piece). If white plays 8.Nf3 you can't take the Knight because e4 needs extra guarding.|
|9.||0-0-0 Kd8-e7||Black can also play Bd7 or Nd7 but castling is better because of the threat of Nd3+ and white loses the bishops pairing.|
|11.||Bf1-e2 Bg4xe2||Black controls square e5 and pressures white's isolated pawn at e4. This pawn keeps white busy. Also black's King has a better position for the endgame.|
|P. van Gelderen
- L. Jansen, 1979 ; 0-1