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In this update, which I confess should have been prepared earlier (sorry!), we will mainly deal with the World Team Championship games. The Classical system remains the main topic at the highest level.

Download PGN of January '10 KID games

Fianchetto Variation

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 8.e3:

White's 8th is hardly a critical move, but once again there is an interesting example, see Brunello - Caruana.

Four Pawns Attack 5.f4

After 5...0-0 6.Nf3 c5 7.d5 e6, the move 8.e5!? is a rare guest:

See the surprising game Williams - Green, involving a real queen sac.

Sämisch System

For the main news after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 Nc6 7. Qd2 a6 8. Nge2:

see Tomashevsky - Fier.

Classical Variation

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5:

There are no less than five Classical games in this update.

7.Be3 Ng4 8.Bg5 f6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Bg3 Nh6 11.c5!? is a line where Black often experienced problems lately:

See Onischuk - Smirin.

7. Be3 Ng4 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bh4 Nd7!? 10. O-O is a variation that is too passive for Black, to my taste. See Roiz - Radjabov.

Gelfand - Nakamura was definitely the game of the month, played in the sharp line 9. Nd2!? Ne8 10. b4 f5 11. c5 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. Nc4 g5:

And featuring multiple pseudo queen sacrifices from the young American star.

For the latest developments in the Bayonet Attack with 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 see Landa - Bologan.

Finally, there is 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1:

with a main game Aronian - Nakamura, where the old line 9...Nd7 10. Nd3 f5 11. Bd2 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. c5 g5 14.cxd6 cxd6 15. Nf2!? occurred, with the susbsequent Qc2 and Rfc1.

Till next month, Mikhail

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