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Most of games in this update are actually from team tournaments (although this was not done intentionally!) Several top level games are covered, and we will also touch upon some of the lines that were discussed in the interesting book Dangerous Weapons: the King's Indian, which I reviewed on this site recently. Below there are in fact only three games in systems other than the Classical, but the Four Pawns Attack took much of my attention ... which is convenient, as a new playable FPA eBook will be finished in a day or two!

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The continuation 5...0-0 6.Ng2 Nc6 7.0-0 Nd7 8.Be3 e5 9.d5 Ne7 was tested in Dreev - Amonatov.

I do not think that this encounter is highly significant for theory, but it gives us a reason to discuss a number of important related issues...

The Four Pawns Attack

5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3:

For 6...e5 and some doubts about the soundness of this move, see Gerard - Sandu.

In the line 6...Na6 7.e5 Nd7 8.Be2 c5, Flear - Hebden seems to be an important game. A number of the early deviations (including the ever popular 6...c5) are also discussed in the notes.

Classical with 7.Be3

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3:

After 7...Ng4 8.Bg5 f6, the retreat 9.Bc1 is less popular than 9.Bh4, but still, it is also an important move. Then 9...Nc6 10.d5 Nd4!? is a relatively fresh idea which helped Black to win two games at GM level this year, See Rychagov - Vachier-Lagrave!

Classical with ....Nbd7

The line 7.0-0 Nbd7 8.Be3 Re8!? 9.d5 Nh5 has suddenly became topical, though Bologan and other players from Moldova already used it regularly at the beginning of the 1990s:

Fans of ...Nbd7 will find an overview of the most recent games in the notes to Lazarev - Bologan.

Classical with 9.Nd2

7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 a5 10.a3 Nd7:

In Gelfand - Grischuk Black tried (perhaps, successfully) to improve upon Kramnik-Radjabov, Corus 2008. You will see in the notes that 10...Bd7 was also tested at the GM level recently.

Classical: Bayonet Attack

7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 a5 10.Ba3 axb4 11.Bxb4 Nd7:

Despite Black's victory, the game Van der Stricht - Van Wely is hardly likely to inspire many black players. Nevertheless, it is a good sign that Van Wely plays the King's Indian again as Black.

Classical with 11.g4

Well, 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.g4!? is a really complex system. Complex for both sides:

After seeing the game Belov - Grischuk no-one will have any doubts about that!

Till next month, Mikhail

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