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We have many top-level games in this update, and some new trends can be observed. Thus, even though the Classical is still by far the most popular system, people, it seems, are a bit tired of playing the Bayonet Attack with White - so, the popularity of 9.Ne1 rises.

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Fianchetto Variation

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c5 5. Bg2 Qa5+!? was twice played by GM Bologan in Croatia:

See Grachev - Bologan for all the details.

5 Bd3 System

The line 5...O-O 6. Nge2 c5 7. d5 e6 8. O-O Ng4 seems to be OK for Black:

See V.Georgiev-Topalov, which was very nearly a major upset.

Sämisch System

There were a couple of recent successes for Black in the rare line 5...O-O 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Bd7!?:

Chighladze - Smirin was a wild and exciting battle.

Krasenkow Line 5.Nf3, 6.h3

I have the impression that GM Krasenkow's favourite system is more popular now than in previous years:

See Wang Yue-Li Chao for an overview of the recent games (including Carlsen-Topalov).

Classical 6. Be2 e5

Lines with Black's early ...c6 are also the focus of our attention in this update. See Ftacnik - Movsesian for 7. O-O c6 8. Re1 and Wang Yue-Radjabov for 7. Be3 c6 (though the latter transposed to 7. Be3 Na6 8. 0-0 c6):

Classical 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7

For a couple of new examples in the fashionable line 10. f3 f5 11. g4, see Sakaev - Bologan.

Topalov - Radjabov is a new, long-awaited, top level encounter in the line 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 g5 13. Rc1!:

Food for thought!

Till next month, Mikhail

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