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This month we will mostly concentrate on the Classical, but we will also look at recent games in the Fianchetto and Sämisch.

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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.f3

Ideologically, sidelines here rather belong to the Grünfeld (which White avoids by 3.f3), but nominally it is the King's Indian. See Nakamura - Svidler for an example of the rare 3...Nc6!?:

Intending to play either ...e5 or ...d5.

Panno Variation

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O Nc6 7.Nc3 a6 is an old line revisited:

See Cmilyte - Bodnaruk for 8.h3 Rb8 9.e4 b5 10.e5 Nd7 11.e6!?.

Sämisch System

Edouard - Cossin is a very interesting game in the line 6.Be3 e5 7.Nge2 c6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.O-O-O a6 10.Kb1 b5 11.c5 b4!?:

Viktor Korchnoi's games are rarely boring. See Korchnoi - Hendriks for some rare deviations after 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Ng3:

Black going on to win an interesting ending of 3v2 and then 2 v 1 with rooks and knights.

Krasenkow Line 5.Nf3, 6.h3

Milchev-V.Milov can hardly be called a great game, but Milov's choice of a still little-explored line (but nevertheless 'explored' in the past both by him and by... myself!) 6...Na6 7.Be3 e5 8.dxe5!? dxe5 9.c5 at least deserves attention:


At the Staunton Memorial, Luke McShane played the variation 7. 0-0 Nbd7 8.Be3 Re8 9.d5 Nh5 as Black as many as three times:

See Van Wely - McShane for the details.

Classical 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7

In the old line of the Bayonet Attack 9.b4 Nh5 10.g3, an opening bomb awaited White in the game Van Wely-Stellwagen. (Some other developments in the Bayonet Attack are discussed in the notes).

Another old line, 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.g4!?, becomes fashionable again:

See Eljanov - Cheparinov for some recent examples.

Till next month, Mikhail

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