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This month there are many games to choose from. Some big open tournaments and league games as well. I added one game in which I saw an idea which amazed me where, in one of the main lines, White just moved his king away to the other flank. Also, a couple of games where the KID bishop did his magic, and, finally, a game where the white monarch suffered an unexpected journey which ended with a pawn mating him in the centre.

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Makagonov System 5.h3 0-0 6.Be3 Nbd7 7.g4 a6 [E71]

Visakh, N - Amin, B was in the Makagonov system. Black met the aggressive 7 g4 with an interesting plan, quickly preparing 9....b5:

He managed to start his play faster and took over the initiative. It was about an equal endgame until the KID bishop entered the stage via e5, then Black slowly took control and won.

Classical Variation 7.0-0 h6 8.d5 [E92]

The 2nd game between Lazarev, V - Donchenko, A was in another recently developing line in the Classical with 7....h6. This line limits the options for White and he is forced to make a decision in the centre. Black managed to get all his ideas in place on both flanks and later White went 16.g4 looking to get control over e4:

However, Black managed to get himself an outpost for his bishop on e3 which gave him a big advantage. Even if White managed to trade queens the endgame was bad for him and so Black won.

Makagonov Variation 5.h3 e5 6.d5 a5 7.Be3 Na6 8.Nf3 Bd7 [E93]

Nieman, H - Asadji, V was in a rare Petrosian line where Black managed to delay castling up until move 11 and then it started to look like a more normal position. Then he got a very nice game after 14...c5:

Later he played very riskily, giving a few pawns away and his only hope was the KID bishop. However, it did not disappoint and at full speed Black started to win material back and ended by winning the endgame.

Classical Variation 6.Be3 Na6 7.Nf3 e5 8.0-0 Qe7 [E94]

In the game Karthik, V - Chigaev, M we see a Classical line with the modern 8....Qe7 move. White replied with 9.Re1 and after 9....Nxe4 had to play without a pawn:

However, White got compensation and later Black went for a passive setup. In the end Black decided to give the pawn back and it ended in a draw.

Classical Variation 7...exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Nc2 [E94]

Vitiugov, N - Amin, B was in the Classical System with 7....exd4, and Black went for a very direct line where he prepares 12...d5:

He gave up two pawns but got good compensation. Soon it went into an equal endgame and the game was drawn.

Classical Variation 6...Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.Re1 c6 9.Bf1 [E95]

The next game, between Blohberger, F - Karthikeyan, M, was in the Classical with 6....Nbd7:

Black went for a direct attack on the e pawn and forced White to trade his bishop, after that the game quickly went into an endgame which looked equal. However, White made one bad move later and suddenly his king was invited to the center where it was mated by a pawn in a nice finish.

Classical, Bayonet Attack 9...Nh5 10.Re1 f5 11.a4 a5 [E97]

Gharibyan, M - Murzin, V was in the Bayonet Attack with 11 a4. Later both players played some interesting moves and White complicated the game with 20.g4:

Black could have attacked, but instead he traded the queens and had to play for a draw which he managed to get.

Classical, Bayonet Attack 9...Ne8 10.c5 f5 11.Nd2 Nf6 [E97]

Sasikrian, K. - Golubev, M was in the main line of the Bayonet attack. Up until move 14 it was normal and then White went 14 Kf2:

I have never seen such an idea before and after 19 Kc2 the engine was actually happy for White. Black was still fine but then he blundered with 22 ....Bd7 and soon he lost a pawn and then collapsed and quickly lost.

Till next month, Marian

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