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In this update we will only cover two of White's systems against the KID, but two very important ones, namely: the Classical and the Saemisch.

Download PGN of March '10 KID games

Saemisch System

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5.f3 0-0:

The focus of attention this month is Black's modern plan with ...c7-c5:

6. Bg5 c5 is the surprise upset Vernay - Cheparinov.

6. Nge2 c5 is Ward Franklin.

In the game Khenkin - Nijboer, 6. Be3 c5 led to an important position after 16. Nf2, in which White was doing well recently:

All these lines can transpose into each other in many possible ways, which does not make it any easier to learn them. But what can you do about this if you wish to play in a principled way?

Classical Variation

5. Nf3 0-0 6. Be2 e5:

After 7. Be3 Ng4 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bh4 g5 10. Bg3 Nh6 11. c5 Black has been experiencing some problems lately:

See Gustafsson - Shimanov for 11...Nc6!?.

For the latest news in the line 7. 0-0 Nbd7 8. Be3 Re8, which was popular at the European Championships, see Gyimesi - Bologan.

In the Bayonet Attack game Kramnik - Carlsen (rapid) (after 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9. b4) Black opted for 9...a5 10. Ba3 Nd7 11. bxa5 Rxa5 12. Bb4 Ra8:

But this is not the most promising direction for him in my view.

Golubev - Berdiugina is a simul game in the line 7. 0-0 Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 c5?! which confirms that your King's Indian observer already played some chess this year.

Finally, we have Aronian - Carlsen (blindfold): a really nice achievement for Black, and some other news after 7. 0-0 Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7!:

Till next month, Mikhail

Don't hesitate to share your thoughts and suggestions with me. Any queries or comments to the KID Forum, or to me directly at (subscribers only) would be most welcome.