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This month the KID was tested in many top games in the Bundesliga, Mitropa Cup and some rapid events. In most of the games we have picked here both players were around 2600.

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Seirawan System 5...Nc6 6.Nge2 0-0 7.0-0 Nd7 [E70]

In Nisipeanu, D - Jones, G we saw the Seirawan System. Black went for the plan of bringing the knight to d4 and after 10.Nb5 he took on b5 and then played 11...f5:

After 2 moves it was a new, although kind of standard, position. White decided to go in for some strange complications, where he took a big risk for nothing. Black could have got a big advantage with 17...Kxf8, but he kept more pieces on the board and then White found the nice idea 20.Qh5. After that Jones decided to repeat moves and it was a draw.

Classical Variation, Makagonov System 6...e5 7.d5 a5 8.Be3 Na6 9.g4 Nd7 10.Nd2 Ndc5 [E90]

Bacrot, E - Jones, G transposed to a Petrosian system where White goes for h2-h3 and 9.g4. In reply Black decided to go for the plan with 9...Nd7 and 10...Ndc5:

Then, instead of developing and castling queenside, White lost some time and left his king in the centre. Already after 15...Bf5 Black was better and when he opened the diagonal with ...e5-e4 the game was soon over, after only 22 moves.

Classical Variation, Makagonov System 6...e5 7.d5 a5 8.g4 Na6 9.Be3 Nd7 10.a3 Nb6 [E90]

Meskovs, N - Bassem, A was almost the same line but Black opted for another setup with 10....Nb6:

At some point Black should have opened the c-file with ...c7-c6, but he allowed White to castle first and then played it. After that Black decided to sac a pawn or two but White defended comfortably and won the game.

Classical - Gligoric System 7...c6 8.d5 c5 [E92]

Sarana, A - Kamsky, G featured the Gligoric System and after 7...c6 8.d5 Black went 8...c5:

Very soon, after only 3 moves, the game was out of theory. White found an interesting idea with 13.Nh2 and got an edge after Black decided to move the knight back. Later White lost his advantage and Black was a bit better but in the end it was draw.

Classical Variation 7...Bg4 8.d5 a5 9.h3 [E94]

Praggnanandhaa, R - Giri, A was very interesting. It was a Classical with 7...Bg4 and soon there was the novelty 10...Kh8:

After that Giri found a very good idea: sacrificing a pawn with 14...f5, and he took hold of the initiative. Black had good compensation and White could not find a good plan. Later Black took complete control and got a big advantage. Even if he missed a few good opportunities he still won the game comfortably.

Classical Variation, Gligoric/Taimanov System 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Be3 [E97]

Sahidi, S - Galagher, J was a Classical System, but after 9.Be3 it transposed to a variation of the Taimanov system:

Black was following the main ideas with 12...g5 and 14...f5 and managed to get a good game. However, later he missed one move and lost the game.

Classical, Bayonet Attack 9...a5 10.bxa5 Nh5 11.Re1 [E97]

Warmerdam, M - Parvanyan, A was in the Classical Bayonet Attack, where Black opted for the rare 10...Nh5 line. And after that he decided not to transpose into the main lines but instead played 12....Nf4 and 13...h6:

White should have traded on f4 and then go 15.e5, but instead he gave Black time to prepare ...g6-g5 and the game was very balanced. Later both players were following their plans: White took control on the queenside and Black started his attack on the kingside. At the critical moment Black went into some complications and missed one move, so after that White won the game.

Mar del Plata Main Line 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 [E99]

Kozak, A -Blohberger, F was in the Classical main line. After 13 a4 Black decided to go with the 13...Nf6 line . Then it was long theory until White went 19 Nb5 instead of 19.Bb6.

Then it was long theory until White went 19 Nb5 instead of 19.Bb6. Probably Black should have traded the knight but he went to start his attack with the common 20...g3 idea. Later he decided to attack with his queen rather than go for the usual ideas of ...h4, ...Nh5 and White managed to defend easily and later to win the game.

Till next month, Marian

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