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My sincere apologies for such a late introduction to 2012. This month the King's Indian saw less action than usual, so I decided to do something a bit different...
The 3rd Marcel Duchamp in Buenos Aires was held with every game being played from a King's Indian Fianchetto, Panno Variation. I have used this unusual event to create a survey which includes all of the games played. The tournament was quite strong. Some GM's decided to play sidelines, while others took the opportunity to unleash new ideas.

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Fianchetto Variation Panno System [E63]

After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 a6 we reach our thematic position:

In Rodriguez Vila - Lemos we look at 8.Bf4!?, an uncommon move that has never been covered on ChessPub. It should not be too dangerous, but there has been some interest in it lately. In the notes we also cover another oddity of the Duchamp tournament, 8.Ne1.

The game Delgado Ramirez - Flores covers another line which is uncommon but hardly bad, 8.e3.

An old favourite of Karpov's is 8.Re1 Rb8 9.Rb1:

White's idea is to meet 9...b5 10.cxb5 axb5 11.b4 Bf5 with 12.e4 but even this is playable for Black after 12...Bg4. I like 9...Bf5 10.e4 Bg4 when compared to the line 8.e4 Bg4, Black has the move ...Rb8 while White has played both Rb1 and Re1. I do not think this helps White much though. However, in Delgado Ramirez - Mareco we look at the main move 9...Na5, which was favoured by Chinese super-GM Wang Hao.

8.h3 has always been one of White's most popular moves (we also look at another main line, 8.d5), where Black's minor pieces are denied the g4-square. Here the sharp lines result from 8...Rb8 9.e4, but 8...Bd7 has always been a solid alternative. In Rodriguez Vila - Meier White goes for the quiet 9.Be3 but after a slight inaccuracy White has less than nothing.

8.b3 is one of the most solid lines at White's disposal. After 8...Rb8 9.Nd5 e6 10.Nxf6+ Qxf6 11.Bg5 Qf5 12.Qd2 Nxd4 13.Nxd4 Bxd4 14.Qxd4 Qxg5 15.Qa7 Bd7 16.Bxb7:

Black had suffered with 16...a5 in Bu Xiangzhi-Bologan, Gibraltar 2008, so Black tries 16...Qa5!? in Rodriguez Vila - Flores, and this looks like an interesting attempt to solve Black's problems.

The last three games cover 8.Qd3:

This move has skyrocketed in popularity since it was advocated by Avrukh in Grandmaster Repertoire 2.

In Lemos - Flores Black tries the very surprising 8...b5!? If this move is good, then one would expect it to make a serious dent in the popularity of 8.Qd3! It does seem to be playable, so I imagine we will see more tests.

8...Bd7 is a good, combative move. Lemos - Mareco takes a look at one of Avrukh's suggestions for White, while also considering some transpositional possibilities.

Lastly, Mareco - Flores considers 8...Nd7, which is another popular fighting move that was once played by Avrukh himself.

Until next month, which is this month... David

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