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[November 05, 2017] Busted: Updated Opening Article by GM Boris Avrukh:
February 2017 Revisited: QGA, Central Variation, Kramnik’s Huge Preparation

There were some new interesting developments in the line 9. a3! since it was introduced by Kramnik against Karjakin in Khanty-Mansiysk 2014.

The former main line of this opening article arises after 9… fxe4 10. axb4 e6 11. Nc3 Nd5, where in the last 2-3 years a plenty of engine games have been played. Though Black gets some counterchances, move 12. Qg4! still gives White better prospects.

However, a couple of new grandmaster games continued with 9… Nd5, where after 10. Bf3 players of Black introduced 10… Bd7! as the most promising response so far. According to D. Navara – F. Caruana, Saint Louis (rapid) 2017 and S. Volkov – M. Demidov, Sochi 2014, Black has reasonable chances of equalizing in this line.

[Diagram: White to Move] White’s initiative has seemingly reached an impasse. How can he provide an additional spark and proceed his fight for advantage?

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