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In this update we are dealing with the remaining January and February games. (And will also touch some March games inside the notes, but more about them later, in the update for March, which will be published soon).

Download PGN of February '10 KID games

Fianchetto Variation

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

No less than four Fianchetto games this time. We will look at the latest developments in four lines:

6...c6 7. 0-0 Bf5 was actively popularised by GM Romanishin in the 1970s:

See Wojtaszk - McShane.

The similar 6...Nc6 7. 0-0 Bf5 is analysed in Esen - Rodshtein.

In the Mainline Panno, after 6...Nc6 7. 0-0 a6, White tried the rare 8. e3!? in Jojua - N.Mamedov:

Whereas 8. b3 Rb8 9. Nd5!? is another line developed by GM Romanishin, but this time for White in the 1980s:

Drozdovskij - Yu.Vovk.

Not really a revolution I would say, but these are lines that deserve to be discussed from time to time.

5 Bd3

5. Bd3 0-0 6. Nge2 was met by 6...c5 in Dreev - Khairullin:

See the notes for the latest news in this line.

Krasenkow Variation 5. Nf3 0-0 6. h3

6...e5 7. d5 Nh5 was played by Radjabov again:

His inspiring victory over Vescovi is the star game of this update, don't miss Vescovi - Radjabov!

Classical Variation

In the Exchange Variation 5. Nf3 0-0 6. Be2 e5 7. dxe5 dxe5 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 9. Bg5:

Kamsky successfully used the 9...c6!? line in Gibraltar that I analysed for my 2006 book Understanding the King's Indian, see Bindrich - Kamsky for the details.

The Petrosian Variation 7.d5 expert, GM Naumkin, suffered a defeat in his game against Vorobiov. Black went for the main line with 7...a5! and made 13 more moves according to theory:

before White innovated here, see Naumkin - Vorobiov.

Till next month, Mikhail

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