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This month Black scores very well with some unusual lines. Maybe White is better, but Black wins! In open tournaments Black often has to mix it up a bit to play for a win.

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Fianchetto Variation Panno 8.Bf4 a6 9.Rc1 [E63]

In the Panno with 8.Bf4 Rb8 9.Rc1 the natural 9...b5 is actually uncommon. After 10.cxb5 axb5:

White often plays 11.e4, but in Batsuren, Dambasuren - Aravindh, C White tried 11.Ne5!? A funny move which caught Black off guard, and over the board he did not find the best solution.

Fianchetto Variation Classical mainline 6...Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 c6 9.h3 Qb6 [E69]

I always like to see Adhiban's games. he is one of the most creative players out there. In the main line with 9...Qb6 Van Wely went for Avrukh’s latest 10.Re1 exd4 11.Nxd4 Re8 12.Nc2!? in Van Wely, L - Adhiban, B:

Here we have some real cutting edge, with the writings of Quality Chess powerhouses Kotronias and Avrukh clashing. Black responded with 12...Ne5?! but the Dutchman did not respond in the best way and got outplayed in the ensuing complications.

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

The fashionable response to this line is the Benoni style 6...c5 7.d5 e6 8.Nf3 exd5 9.cxd5 Bg4:

10.Nd2 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Re8 12.0-0 Na6. After 13.Kh1 Nc7 14.a4 I would venture to guess that 14...Nxe4 is Gawain's home cooking. The game Makhnev, D - Jones, G was very back and forth and although Black won, theoretically matters are not so simple.

A more classical reaction to White’s system is with 6...e5 7.d5 Na6 8.g4 Nc5 9.f3 when 9...h5!? is Black’s choice in Can, E - Pancevski, F. After 10.g5 Nh7 11.h4 f6 12.gxf6 Bxf6 13.Bf2 Be7:

14.Kd2! White 'castles' and can play Qe1 if necessary. We have actually seen all of this before and in this game White tried a move I suggested which should give an edge is a messy position.

Sämisch System Panno 6...Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8 [E84]

In the Panno the modern 9.Rc1 has been the main choice for a while, but it is hardly the only choice. In Sipila, V - Berkes, F White went for the old 9.Nc1:

I believe that the related 9.h4 h5 10.Nc1 is much more dangerous. After 9...e5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Nb3 Nxb3 12.axb3 Black can play 12...Nh5 or 12...c5 but the game’s 12...Bd7N is also reasonable.

Sämisch Classical System 6...e5 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.Qd2 a6!? [E85]

Kozul’s funny 8...a6 9.d5 h5!? Returns in Yeletsky, I - Pridorozhni, A. 10.Nc1 Nh7 11.Be2 is new. White is ‘better’, but Black wins.

Classical Variation 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 [E97]

This month we have two games in this line. In Svane, R - Sutovsky, E White retreats with 10.Bc1 f5 and then 11.d5 which is not very common despite its nice score for White:

Then 11...Ne7 12.exf5 is not the normal move order, and Sutovsky looks to take advantage of this with 12...gxf5 13.Ng5 h6!?

In the next game White chose 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Nh6 12.dxe5 when 12...fxe5 is the most enterprising, but the solid 12...dxe5 scores better overall. Previously I suggested that the natural 13.Nd5!? may give White hopes for an edge. In Sibashvili, G - Firouzja, A White won with a shocking positional piece sacrifice.

Until next month, David

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