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This month we focus on the Mar Del Plata Variation in the Mainline King’s Indian. Additionally, we look at two games in the Samisch, and also spend some time on the Petrosian Variation.

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Sämisch Variation 6.Be3 a6 [E81]

In Rios, C - Djukic, N we saw White play the unusual 7.Qd2 Nbd7 8.Nh3!?:

though the idea didn't work too well for him in this encounter.

In Goryachkina, A - Kashlinskaya, A we saw the old fashioned 7.Bd3:

met by the calm 7...Nbd7 which led to a complex struggle.

Classical Variation, Petrosian System [E92]

Here, in Petrosian System I review various positions and ideas in the existing theory after 6.Be2 e5 7.d5

Classical, Mar Del Plata Variation 9...Ne8 [E98]

6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Ne8:

Here we look at the classic battle Ehlvest, J - Smirin, I from 2009 in which Black justifies his placing of the knight to the, widely considered, suboptimal square e8.

Classical Variation Mar Del Plata Variation, 9...Nd7 [E99]

6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7:

In Meier, G - Robson, R we look at the old school theory 10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Kh8?! which has fallen out of fashion for good reason. Meier employs a standard idea of a pawn sacrifice to expedite his play on the queenside.

In Krush, I - Dembo, Y we look at another relatively forgotten rook lift with 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Rc1 Rf6:

Despite the final result it is clear the picture is bleak for Black should White play correctly.

In Jumabayev, R - Can, E we see White employ the bind 10.f3 f5 11.g4:

I'd never studied this before and the idea (to my surprise!) still holds water according to my analysis, making it a nice addition to keep in your repertoire.

Finally, in Sturt, R - Perez Mitjans, O we look at a game in the modern theory after 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Nd3 Nf6 14.c5 h5 15.Rc1:

when my opponent went with the dubious 15...Ne8? which caused him to fall too far behind in the two flank race.

Until next month, Raven

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