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Most of this month's games are from open tournaments, so there is a lot of good fighting!

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Fianchetto Variation - Simagin Variation 7...Bg4 [E62]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0-0 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0-0 Bg4:

This is not a very common line these days, but Nyzhnyk has played it a few times with success. After 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Bxf3 Nd7 10.e3 e5 11.dxe5 Ndxe5 12.Be2 Qd7 13.Nd5 is a novelty which Nyzhnyk meets with great energy. See Norowitz, Y - Nyzhnyk, I.

Panno 8.b3 a6 9.d5 [E63]

6...Nc6 7.0-0 Rb8 8.b3 a6 9.d5 is an uncommon but somewhat venomous line:

White is hoping to get a kind of English Opening position. Then 9...Na5 10.Bg5!? looks to provoke ...h6. 10...c5 11.dxc6 Nxc6 was Bok, B - Jones, G. White was a bit more comfortable, so perhaps Black should go for 11...bxc6!?

Panno 8.Re1 a6 9.Rb1 [E63]

6...Nc6 7.d4 a6 8.Re1 Rb8 9.Rb1 is a system we have seen a few times, but Svidler, P - Nakamura, H is a real heavyweight battle. The American goes for 9...b5 10.cxb5 axb5 11.b4 e6!? This is combative, but White should keep some edge.

Seirawan Variation 6.Bd3 0-0 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 [E70]

5.Bd3 0-0 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Bg5 h6 9.Bh4 exd5 10.exd5 Nbd7 11.f4 g5 12.Bg3 Ng4 13.0-0 This Moiseenko favourite has been featured on our site a few times:

Black usually plays 13...Ne3, but in Dragun, K - Adhiban, B Black preferred 13...gxf4!?, a new idea, which is not met with silicon approval, at least not at first.

Classical - Makagonov 6.h3 [E90]

6.h3 e5 7.d5 Nh5 8.g3 and here 8...Na6 is the third most popular move, behind 8...a5 and 8...f5. After 9.Be3 Nc5 10.Nd2 a5 11.Be2 Nf6 I find this whole setup to be a bit suspicious for Black:

In Illingworth, M - Amin, B White plays 12.h4!? and gets an edge, but our 1.d4 d5 columnist eventually loses control.

Gligoric Variation 7...exd4 [E94]

7.Be3 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 10.Bf2 d5 11.exd5 cxd5 12.c5 Nc6 13.0-0 Bf8!? is modern move we have seen before:

Rodshtein, M - Al Sayed, M went 14.Bb5 Bd7 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.b4 a5 17.a3 axb4 18.axb4 Rxa1 19.Qxa1 Nh5 and now 20.Nce2 is new, and the first choice of the engines. Black should be careful.

Gligoric Variation 7...Ng4 [E94]

7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 Nc6 10.d5 Ne7 11.Nd2 f5 was played by Radjabov a couple of years ago, but I think it's too passive:

After 12.Bxg4 fxg4 13.Bg5 h6 14.Be3 g5 15.c5 Ng6 16.Nc4 White quickly got the upper hand in Rodshtein, M - Karthikeyan, M, although Black managed to fight back in typical King's Indian style.

Classical 8.Be3 [E97]

7.0-0 Nc6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bc1 f5 11.d5 is not very common. 11...Ne7 12.Ng5 Nf6:

The position is the same as the main lines of the Bayonet, but White has not played b4 or Re1! Still, when playing the white pieces one can sometimes get away with a few things and maintain equality. After 13.exf5 Black play 13...gxf5!? in Fishbein, A - Zherebukh, Y. This is double-edged and slightly risky strategically. I had considered that after 13...Nxf5 the position is fairly level. This is surely true, although the position is a bit dry, and after 14.f4 e4 Black seems to get enough play even though the statistics have favoured White.

Until next month, David

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