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No mainline Classical System games in this unique update! As I did not notice any overly important Classical games in the recent period, I decided to give it a rest. No doubt that we will see it again and again, all the time, in the future!

Download PGN of November '09 KID games

Smyslov System

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Nf3 O-O 5. Bg5 c5 6. d5 b5!? is a Benko approach:

Danielian - Lahno is the funniest game in this update. Have a look to see a true King's Indian spirit.

Fianchetto Variation

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. Nc3 d6 6. Nf3, see Yakovich - Fedorov for an overview of recent examples in the Panno/Yugoslav, 6...Nc6 7. O-O a6 8. d5 Na5:

GM Sakaev is a fine positional player with a wide repertoire. As he decided to play the risky 6...Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. e4 c6 9. h3 Qa5 with Black we should have a look at it. See Maletin - Sakaev.

5 Bd3 System

GM Dreev is something of an expert in the King's Indian for White. He recently lost a game in the rare deviation 8...Nfd7 after 5...0-0 6.Nge2 c5 7.d5 e6 8.h3:

So again it is worthwhile having a closer look at what happened in Dreev - Lopez Martinez.

5.h3, 6.Bg5 system

We do not look at this system very often, and so it is time to analyse some recent games. For 6...Na6 7.Bd3 e5 8.d5 c6 9.Nf3!? and various other tries, see Gyimesi - Erdogdu.

Sämisch System

The position after 5...O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 occurred in Morozevich - Ivanchuk (via a different move order) at the Tal Memorial. The game continued 7...e6 8. Ng3 Na6!? 9. Be2 exd5 10. cxd5 Nc7 11. a4 a6:

and here Morozevich repeated Korchnoi's recent choice, 12. Bg5. A complex game, and an impressive performance by Ivanchuk. Unfortunately, not many players (or perhaps no one!) can play quite like him.

GM Khenkin is an expert for White in the variation 5...O-O 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Rb8 9. Rc1:

So, indeed it makes sense to subject Khenkin - Panchevski to a deper study. But, to be frank, I did not really understand why Khenkin deviated from the preceding games on the 15th move.

Krasenkow Line 5.Nf3, 6.h3

At the very strong Chigorin Memorial Open there were many interesting games in this very system. See Lysyj - Klimov for an overview.

Till next month, Mikhail

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