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As last month we will mostly concentrate on the Classical, but we will start with a look at some recent games in the Fianchetto and Sämisch.

Download PGN of September '09 KID games

Fianchetto Variation

I decided to check a game between two of the most promising Russian juniors in the Panno, 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O d6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. d4 a6:

and found that they have not studied the old lines well! See Nepomniachtchi - Sjugirov.

Sämisch System

In the variation 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 c5 8.dxc5 dxc5 a good option for White is 9.e5!:

and this was confirmed in the game Timman-B.Socko.

Khairullin - Shomoev is a continuation of the theoretical discussion in the line 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Nc6 8. d5 Ne5 9. Ng3 e6 10. Be2 exd5 11. cxd5 h5 12. O-O Nh7 13. Qd2 h4 14. Nh1 f5 15.Nf2 Bd7 16. Kh1 a6 17. a4 Re8 18. Rg1:

Unfortunately, Black lost again.

In Vitiugov - Shomoev another long theoretical line was discussed: 6. Be3 Nc6 7. Nge2 a6 8. Qd2 Rb8 9. Nc1 e5 10. d5 Nd4 11. Nb3 Nxb3 12. axb3 c5 13. g4 h5 14. h3 Nh7 15. gxh5 Qh4+ 16. Qf2 Qxh5 17. Be2 f5:

Black also lost here, but as in the previous game it seems to me that a decent possibility to improve upon Black's play exists.

Classical 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7

There is some news in the rare lines 9.Be3 and 9.Kh1, see Chiburdanidze - Harika.

The Bayonet Attack is not rare, as we all know. The line 9. b4 Nh5 10. Re1 f5 11. Ng5 Nf6 12. f3 Kh8 13. Rb1 h6 14. Ne6 Bxe6 15.dxe6 fxe4 16. fxe4 Nc6 was examined on approximately three pages in the book "Beat the KID" by GM Markos:

His conclusions have not been refuted in several games played this year. See Landa - Shomoev for the most recent developments.

The old line 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. f3 f5 11. g4 is again fashionable at GM level these days:

After 11...Nf6 12. Nd3 Kh8 13. Be3, the continuation 13...f4 14. Bf2 g5 is possibly not an advisable option for Black, but in any case Sakaev - Pavlovic is worth a look.

The line 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Nd3 f5 11. Bd2 Nf6 12. f3 f4 13. c5 g5 14. Rc1 Ng6 15. Nb5!? attracts much attention lately, and the ChessPublishing forum has contributed to that:

In Berkes - Pavlovic (and in Giri-Nijboer, which is cited in the notes) there was no good news for Black in the variation 15...a6 16. cxd6! axb5 17. dxc7.

Till next month, Mikhail

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