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This month we look at some new ideas, some near upsets, plus in the game annotations you will find the GREATEST TRAP OF ALL TIME!

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Lesser Averbakh or Karpov Variation 6.Be3 c5 7.d5 [E73]

Fedoseev, V - Kokarev, D featues some updates in this Benoni line:

White was better but things soon got out-of-hand and he was happy to repeat at the end.

Four Pawns Attack 5...c5 6.d5 0-0 7.Nf3 e6 8.dxe6 fxe6 [E76]

Ortega Serra, M - Dragnev, V is a walk down memory lane with 11.Ng5?!:

This move has been rather discredited since Christiansen-Kasparov where 14...b5 was played. I gave 14...e4 myself, and the game's rare 14...Qe8!? may be even stronger than either.

Sämisch System 6...a6 7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.Nge2 b5 [E81]

This pawn sac does great for Black (except for last month):

In Plyasunov, D - Demchenko, A however, a 1900 draws against a 2600! I think he was winning most of the way too.

Makagonov System 6....Nbd7 7.Be3 c5 [E90]

Wang, J - Bernadskiy, V features 6....Nbd7 7.Be3 c5 8.d5 b5 9.cxb5 a6:

I generally like these Benko transpositions, but this one does not work out. Another game where White stumbled in pulling off a big upset.

Classical, Makagonov/Petrosian Variation 7...e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.Nd2 a5 [E92]

Games 5 and 6 reach the same position, although via different, slightly unusual, move orders:

10...Bd7 does not look sufficient here, despite Naiditsch's success against Grischuk a few years ago, and Black's win in Lin, Y - Maze, S.

While 10...Ne8 looks ok (at least vs 11.g4) despite Black's loss in Santos Latasa, J - Korobov, A.

Classical, Petrosian Variation with Be3 vs ...Nbd7, 8...Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 9.Bd2 f5 [E93]

Budisavljevic, L - Ivanisevic, I features a Petrosian line that I considered to be good for White (nice memories in the notes):

However, maybe Black is not so badly off if he avoids certain traps.

The Bayonet Attack 9...Nh5 10.g3 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6, Kramnik's 12.Bf3 [E97]

Finally, even MORE Bayonet hell for Black in Tsydypov, Z - Maltsevskaya, A! 13.b5 is very tricky:

Black has to make sure he (or she) does not get move ordered. Both sides make big mistakes here, though.

Until next month, David

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