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It was a bloodthirsty month with only one draw in our eight games.

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Fianchetto Variation Panno System 8.Bf4 [E63]

In the trendy 8.Bf4 line, after 7.Nc3 Rb8 8.Bf4 a6 9.Rc1 Bd7 10.Qd2, Gawain Jones tries the flexible 10...e6!? a combative move, which Gawain also likes in the Samisch Panno:

In reply 11.c5 directly looks the most testing. See Fridman - Jones.

Yugoslav [E66]

From a Panno move order, 6.0-0 Nc6 7.d4 a6 8.d5 Na5 9.Nd2 c5 we have reached a Yugoslav position, when after 10.Qc2 Rb8 11.b3 b5 12.Rb1 bxc4 is considered to be dubious as it allows White to show an important concept, but it is probably not so bad, 13.bxc4 Rxb1 14.Ncxb1!:

This is the point of White's play. He consolidates his queenside and hopes that the a5-knight is more of a liability than a strength, which is the central theme of the Yugoslav variation. Black is doing fine in Wang Yue - Jianu but then the Chinese player turns the screws when he gets to an endgame.

Seirawan Variation 6.Bd3 [E70]

This line is a Moiseenko speciality. In Moiseenko - Van Kampen Black goes for the main line 5...0-0 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0-0 e5 8.d5 Nd4 9.Nxd4 exd4 10.Ne2:

and now 10...Nd7, although I think the alternative 10...Re8 is probably a little better as then White has to deal with the attack on the e4-pawn immediately.

Classical - Makagonov 6.h3 [E90]

6.h3 e5 7.d5 a5 8.g4 Na6 9.Be3 Nd7 10.a3 Nb6 11.Be2 Bd7 reaches a well-known position:

In Jakovenko - Kryakvin White tries 12.b3!? which is usually avoided as White may want to castle long. However, it prevents both ...a4 and ...Na4 ideas, so it was probably only a matter of time before someone decided to try it.

Petrosian with h3 [E92]

6.h3 e5 7.d5 a5 8.g4 Na6 9.Be3 Nc5 10.Nd2 c6 11.Be2 and now 11...a4 offers a pawn. See Ding Liren - Al Sayed.

6.h3 e5 7.d5 a5 8.Bg5 Na6 9.Nd2 Qe8 10.Be2 Nd7 11.a3 is a pet line of Czech GM David Navara:

After 11...f6 12.Bh4 Nb6 13.b3 the natural 13...f5!? was tried in Navara - Li Shilong. Oddly enough this logical move is a novelty.

Mar del Plata - 9.Qc2 [E97]

Pavel Eljanov's 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Qc2!? is rather annoying. 9...Nh5 10.Rd1 f5 11.Ng5 fxe4!? was a new try in Bukavshin - Demchenko:

Here, instead of th game's 12.Ncxe4, White may look into 12.Bxh5!? gxh5 13.Ngxe4.

9.Ne1 Main line [E99]

The game Krush - Ju Wenjun was a typical slugfest. After 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Rc1 Ng6 14.Nb5 b6 15.b4 a6 16.Nc3 the main move is the flexible 16...Rf7, but here Black tried 16...h5 17.c5 Bh6 and won, but I suggest some ideas for White in the notes.

Until next month, David

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