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In this update I have included the remaining games from the Corus 2009 festival, and also selected games from other recent events. No great theoretical revelations this time, and only one Bayonet Attack, so we can deal with a wider number of other lines. No Saemisch System again though: it seems that I should do something about it in the coming updates.

Download PGN of February '09 KID games

Smyslov Variation

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.Bg5:

One more example in the sharp line 5...c5 6.d5 h6 7.Bh4 d6 8.e3 g5 9.Bg3 Nh5 10.Bd3 f5 11.Nd2 Nxg3 12.hxg3 is Efimenko - Reinderman.

Fianchetto Variation

Morozevich - Radjabov is included because it is, well, Morozevich and Radjabov! Otherwise, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 c5 and now 5.Bg2 cxd4 6.Nxd4 0-0 7.0-0 is rather the English Opening.

Fridman - Pruskin is a great win for Black in the line 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.e4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Re8:

And now 10.Re1 (instead of the more usual 10.h3).

5.h3, 6.Bg5 system

Here we have another great game by Black, in the line 6...Na6 7.Nf3 Qe8 8.Be2 e5 9.d5 and now the little known 9...Bd7. See Avrukh - Milov.

Classical with 7.Be3

In the topical line 7...Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh6 11.d5 Nd7, White recently tested 12.0-0 (instead of the most usual 12.Nd2) at the top level. See Wang Yue-Radjabov.

Classical: 7.0-0 Nbd7

Here Black could do worse than playing the line 8.Qc2 Nh5 9.Rd1 Nf4 10.Bf1 c5!, see Beliavsky - Shchekachev.

Classical: 7.0-0 Na6 8.Be3 & 7.Be3 Na6 8.0-0

8...Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8:

For 10.Re1!?, which was played by Kramnik versus Topalov in Nice 2008, and recommended by GM Markos in his book, see Kasimdzhanov - Pruijssers. 10.Re1 is hardly killing, but Black also has other concerns in this system...

Classical: Bayonet Attack

9...Nh5 10.Re1 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.f3 Kh8 13.Rb1 (Ponomariov's move):

The novelty 13...c6 (suggested by GM Markos) was mentioned in the previous update. But the further 14.Be3 Ne8?! of S.Savchenko- Gorovykh, can hardly be a good advert for Black's new idea.

Till next month, Mikhail

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