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What's new: October 2002

Hi everyone!

This site is now under new management. Andrew Martin has moved sideways to the wonderful world of Caro-Kann's, Pirc's and Alekhine's in order to let the person he described in these pages as the «King's Indian guru» take over his responsibilities. Guru, I don't think so but I do admit to knowing a thing or two about the King's Indian. Anyway, I would like to express my thanks to Andrew for a job well done over the last three years. I hope I will last that long and may well do if you go and get all your friends to subscribe!

In about 12 hours time I will be flying off to the chess Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia so, having just agreed to take over the site I only have the time to look at some of the latest developments. In the months to come I will be able to explore the site and give it a more personal touch - at the very least change 'About Andrew Martin' to 'About Joe Gallagher'!

To download the October '02 KI games directly in PGN form, click here: Download Games


So what have we got this month?

Well in August Andrew examined the Classical King's Indian with 6...Na6

but concentrated on the lines after 7 0-0 e5 8 Re1.

This time we are going to look at the other main line of this popular line, 7 0-0 e5 8 Be3, and in particular 8...Ng4 9 Bg5 Qe8 10 dxe5 dxe5 11 Nd2 f6!?

This variation is rapidly shedding it's obscurity and I myself tried it a couple of times recently. The details are to be found within the games Jackelen-Gallagher (12 Bxg4) and Kaganskiy-Glek (12 Bh4). A third game, Burnier-Gallagher also looks at 6...Na6 but just the White alternatives to 7 0-0.


was the surprising novelty played in Bacrot-Degraeve. It doesn't look so bad although I'm not suggesting that everyone take up Glek's 7...a5.

Joel Lautier has just taken on some shogi players in a chess simul and in one of them he played the very provocative 14 exd5

in a sharp Bayonet Attack. He didn't win though!

In Sasiskiran-Kasimdzhanov the youngsters did battle in a now unfashionable line of the Gligoric, 7...h6

There were plenty of fireworks here!

In Khalifman-Radjabov the former FIDE champ needed all his powers to fend of the young prodigy in a supposedly dubious line of the Panno. Perhaps we will be seeing more of 14...Ng4!?

in the future.

Finally, Kempinski's 7....Qa5!?

looks like it could be a decent way for Black to meet the Saemisch.

Enjoy the games and next month I'll be back with an Olympiad special!

All the best

Joe Gallagher

Any queries or comments to would be most welcome.