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This month upsets abound, and we see what looks like another nail (or two) in the coffin of the 9.Nd2 Ne8 line.

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Fianchetto System - 5...Qa5+ [E60]

The tricky 4.g3 c5 5.Bg2 Qa5+ seems to be gaining popularity:

After 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Qd3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Nc5 9.Qd1 Nc6 10.e3 Ne6 11.0-0 Qc5!? 12.Nxe6 dxe6 13.Qa4 the move 13...Bxc3!? led to double-edged play in Ruck - Shimanov.

Fianchetto Variation - Panno 8.Bf4 [E63]

In Gagunashvili - Almasi we have a look at developments in the fashionable 8.Bf4 line of the Panno:

Black again goes for 8...Bg4 and has no real problems.

Sämisch System - Panno 9.Rc1 Bd7 [E84]

In a critical line of the Panno with 9.Rc1, 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8 9.Rc1 Bd7 10.Nd1 Re8 11.Nf2 b5 12.c5 dxc5 13.Rxc5 e5 14.d5 Ne7 White tries 15.Qc2!?:

A novelty which looks logical enough but it shouldn't be too scary. Black not only manages to solve his problems, he scores a big upset in Ghaem Maghami - Nouri.

Classical - Makagonov 6.h3 [E90]

In Swinkels - Obregon Rivero we see a new idea in the Makagonov, 6.h3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.g3 Qe8 9.Be2 f5 10.exf5 gxf5 11.Nh4 Nf6 12.Qc2 Na6 13.Bd2 e4 14.Be3 Nb4!?:

Black sacrifices a pawn and gets nice counterplay for it after 15.Qd2 Nd3+ - this pawn sacrifice is the point of Black's play.

7...Na6 [E94]

Pacher - Kurnosov is at an amusing miniature in the 8.Re1 Qe8 variation.

9.b4 Bayonet Attack 9...a5 [E97]

Fedorov - Ozolin is rather shocking game as a noted KID expert from the Black side loses horribly with White. 9.b4 a5 10.Ba3 Nd7 11.bxa5 Rxa5 12.Bb4 Ra8 13.a4 Bh6 is a solid line for Black, but I doubt it equalizes if White takes the most ambitious approach here. In the game White makes an elementary error and is quickly mated.

9.Nd2 [E97]

We have two rare ideas that both look like trouble for Black in the line 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 Ne8 10.b4 f5 11.c5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.Nc4 g5 14.a4 Ng6:

The first is the simple 15.cxd6!? This has not been considered to be so dangerous but it avoids certain complications of the main lines. White gets a winning advantage but then somehow this happens:

Not something you see every day! Don't miss Pelletier - Hagen.

In Beliavsky - Hagen we see another idea with 14.g4!? which is unusual in this position. This time Hagen is unable to pull off the swindle and he succumbs to Beliavsky's great experience.

Until next month, David

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