In round three of the Sharjah Masters Adly won a fine game against Stany from India. Right after the opening Adly sacrificed a piece for which he had got two pawns, play on the queenside and in the center and, most importantly, on the kingside. After sacrificing he continued energetically, scoring a smooth win and creating a little masterpiece.
This impressed Daniel King who invited Adly after the game to talk about it in one of the videos, in which King presents highlights from Sharjah. King was particularly impressed - not to say amazed - by Adly's knight excursion to h4 on move 10. Quoting Tarrasch, the English Grandmaster showed his surprise while admitting that he hardly ever would have thought about playing his knight to h4. But the wayward knight later made a remarkable career - in marked contrast to his clumsy black colleagues on a5 and b6.
ChessBase author Nicholas Pert was also surprised when he saw the video with Ahmed Adly and Daniel King - but it was a pleasant surprise.
ChessBase author Nicholas Pert
Pert, former U18 World Champion and currently headcoach of the English Chess Federation, knew how dangerous 10.Nh4 is for Black. After all, on his ChessBase DVD "Solid and safe against the wild Indians: Play the fianchetto" he recommends this exact line against the Grünfeld.
The game Adly - Stany shows that knights on the rim are not always bad. It also shows that it pays to be well prepared. And it shows that Nicholas Pert might help to prepare well.