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For a couple of reasons this update was prepared with a serious delay: my apologies. Below is an overview of the games played until 31 May 2009, and in the next update we will deal with June's games.

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Fianchetto Variation

In Tregubov - Vovk a queen's check from a5 on the 5th move brought a relatively easy victory for Black:

Still, do not expect that it always will be like this!

A good old Yugoslav Variation was tested in S.Guliev-Fedorov. Black triumphed completely in this game as well.


For 5...0-0 6.Ng3 a6!? (which has also attracted the attention of Bologan) see Shemeakin - Korobov:

Not so clear, I would say.

5.Be2 0-0 6.Be3 Variation

The rare variation 5.Be2 0-0 6.Be3 c5!? occurred in the game Gulko - Beccera Rivero:

White played a novelty at an early stage, and a complex fight followed.

The Four Pawns Attack

See Palliser - McShane for 5...0-0 6.Nf3 Na6 7.Bd3!? e5:

Slightly better for White, maybe, though not in this game.

Samisch System

See Tomashevsky - Shomoev for the most critical line according to modern theory, 5...0-0 6.Be3 c5:

In the notes 6...Nc6 and 6...e5 are also discussed.

Classical with 7.Be3

See Lazarev - Riazantsev for 6...Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.Qc2 Nh5! (currently considered by some enthusiasts to be nearly winning for Black!) and some news in other deviations from the very main lines:

In Shulman - Onischuk there was 6...e5 7.0-0 Na6 8.Re1. Without a doubt we should pay attention when such a fine positional player as Onischuk plays the King's Indian with success.

By the way, the 1963-1969 World Champion Tigran Petrosian was also an active 'Black' KID player, so there is certainly enough strategy in this opening.

Then, of course, thre is the Bayonet Attack 6...e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4. See Ivanchuk - Grischuk for the most recent developments in various lines.

Finally, there is a Mar del Plata Variation, 6...e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5:

Shirov - Radjabov was quite a crazy game, in a good sense. The annotator has some new ideas.

Till next month, Mikhail

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