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This month we have some very unusual lines, as well as the usual trendy stuff. Playing the King’s Indian can be very rewarding, but Black had better keep up, and the best way to do so is with!

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Fianchetto Variation Irregular 4...Bf5 [E60]

We start off with Korobov, A - Bologan, V, 1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.g3 Bf5!? is highly unusual, and after 5.Bg2 Qc8 6.Qb3 Bg7 7.Nc3 0-0:

8.Nh4! grabs the bishop pair and must be better for White, but Bologan turns the tables and wins a nice game.

Fianchetto early ...c5 [E61]

We recently looked at the new trend 3.g3 c5 4.dxc5!? Qa5+ 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.Qa4 Qxc5 8.Be3 Qc7:

Here Avrukh gives 9.Nf3, while we saw 9.c5!? in So - Jones. In Vidit, S - Narayanan, S White prefered 9.Nh3!?, a very natural novelty as the knight can go to d5.

Simagin/Yugoslav Variation 7...Bg4 8.d5 [E62]

6...Nc6 7.0-0 Bg4 has been trending and Black has done quite ok, but lately 8.d5 looks like a good answer. After 8...Na5 9.Nd2 c5 10.h3 Bd7 11.Qc2 a6 12.b3 b5 13.Bb2 Rb8 14.Rab1 Qc7 15.e4 e5 16.Ne2! I think White will keep an edge. See Krejci, J - Cvek, R.

King’s Indian Attack Reversed [E61]

In the Anti-Grünfeld move order, a reversed King’s Indian Attack setup is quite healthy. In Harutyunian, T - Gabuzyan, H White plays 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Be2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.c4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.Qc2 Re8 9.h3 which turns out to be a fatal weakness that Black latches onto.

‘Lesser Averbach’/Karpov Variation 5.Be2 0-0 6.Be3 [E73]

A few months ago we looked at this line with 6...c5 7.d5 e6 8.Nf3 exd5 9.cxd5 Bg4 10.Nd2 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Re8 12.0-0 Na6 in David - Fedorov:

This month White opted for 13.Kh1 in Sokolov, I - Nijboer, F, but I do not think this will put Black off at all, despite his defeat in this game.

Four Pawns Attack 5...c5 6.d5 [E77]

4.e4 d6 5.f4 c5 6.d5 0-0 7.Nf3 e6:

In this very well known position, the creative Ginger GM unleashed 8.e5!? in Williams, S - Jones, G. Honestly, I did not even know that this 'was a move'. I did not consider it in my second King's Indian Volume. However, after 8...dxe5 9.fxe5 Ng4 10.Bg5 Qa5 11.Be2 exd5 12.cxd5 Nxe5 13.0-0 Jones reacts well, and it still looks like White is walking a finer line.

Sämisch System - 6...c5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ng3 h5 [E81]

6...c5 7.Nge2 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.Ng3 h5 10.Be2 h4 11.Nf1 e6:

This month we have another game with 12.Bg5, and another smashing White victory in Sethuraman, S - Aryan, C. Black players had better shape up!

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

6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.Nge2 b5! returns:

and after 9.cxb5 axb5 10.Nxb5 c6 11.Na3 is probably no improvement in Yildiz, B - Czarnota, P. Black gets a crushing position, but a momentary lapse allows White to show her creativity and get right back in the game.

Until next month, David

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