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This month the KID was very popular and there were plenty of interesting games with many 2600+ duels.

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Four Pawns Attack Mainline 9...b5 10.e5 [A68]

Mikaelyan , A - Nyzhnyk, I. was in the Four Pawns Attack and Black went for 9...b5:

This line is sharp and the game followed the main line until White went 14. Qd2. Black managed to win a pawn and White's initiative started to fade. Black had a solid advantage but later he lost his extra pawn and the game was drawn.

Makagonov Variation 5.h3 e5 6.dxe5 dxe5 [E71]

Yilmaz, M. - Swiercz, D. was a rare Makagonov where Black goes 5...e5 and then White trades queens.

White has a small edge and it looked like he was playing without risk for two results. However, Black managed to develop and close the game, White was still pushing for a win and moved his king to a dangerous area. Suddenly Black found an unstoppable attack and won.

Karpov System 6.Be3 Nc6 7.d5 Ne5 8.f4 [E73]

Nguen, T - Niemann, H was an Averbakh System where Black goes 6...Nc6 and invites pressure on the knight. White later found an interesting new idea with 13. c5 where he gave a pawn but gained nice development and Black had to defend.

After that Black didn’t defend very well and White could have had a big edge on a couple of occasions. In the end it finished with a spectacular perpetual check and a draw.

Karpov System 5.Be2 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 a5 8.g4 [E73]

The next game was a duel between Knaak, R - Nunn, J. and another Averbakh System but this time with a more aggressive approach from White. He managed to open files against the black king by pushing the h and g pawns and then Nunn introduced a new idea with 14...Kf7:

However, Black was forced to trade his light square bishop and White got a pair of bishops and a big advantage. However, at some point he started to miss chances and lost his advantage, and later Black managed to outplay his opponent and won.

Classical Makagonov System 6...e5 7.d5 a5 8.Bg5 Na6 9.g4 c6 [E90]

Gupta, A - Warmerdan, M featured a Makagonov line in which Gupta has a great deal of experience.

But then White left his king in the middle too long and opened the game and Black simply took advantage of this and later won a pawn. After that Black realized his big advantage and won.

Classical, Makagonov System 5.h3 0-0 6.Be3 Na6 7.Nf3 e5 8.d5 [E90]

Salemgareev, T - Paravyan, D was a variation of the Makagonov/Petrosian System where Black moves both knights to the flanks from the start:

White opted for the line with 9 g3 and later the variation with 11. Nh4. The game followed theory where Black has got good knights in the centre, but later he forgot to stop 18 b4 and his position became bad. After that White slowly increased his advantage and won.

Classical Variation, Gligoric System 6.Be3 Na6 7.Nf3 e5 8.d5 Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bh4 [E92]

Sarana, A -Demchenko, A was the Gligoric system where White went 8 d5 and after the standard plan with 8...Ng4 Black managed to move both 13...c5 and 14...f5 and got a nice game:

Later, he decided to trade his bishop with 15...Bh6 which was maybe not a good plan. Then he made a few other mistakes and got a very difficult position, then he gave a pawn and White converted without problems.

Classical Variation 7...Nbd7 8.Be3 c6 9.Qc2 [E94]

Woitaszek, R - Kozul, Z was in the Classical System with 7...Nbd7 where Black has a solid, but slightly passive game.

Soon it was a quiet game, the dark-squared bishops were off the board and both players were just developing and slowly trying to improve. Suddenly Kozul played a very bad move 21...Ng4 and quickly got a very bad position, and White won easily.

Till next month, Marian

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