The Petrosian Variation of the King’s Indian Defense has that evergreen feel that never seems to lose its appeal among chess players of all strength levels. GM Brenjo had originally decided to explore some fashionable lines in this opening using E. Tomashevsky – T. Radjabov, Tbilisi 2015 as the key game, but new developments kept appearing on regular basis, so it was as good time as any to update this opening survey once again.
[Diagram] It’s traditional wisdom to go after your opponent’s king in positions with opposite castling, but sometimes it pays off to literally look both ways.
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The Tolush Variation with 8. Be2 has historically been more popular than 8. Ne2, and in this case even computer engines seem to prefer the bishop move. However, the latter option is certainly not without venom, so we found it quite fitting to update both articles at the same time and give you an opportunity to compare the two lines.
It’s Black’s turn to move and White is obviously hanging on a thread, so why not just cut it off, eh?
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We’ve been witnessing a rise in popularity of the Italian game for quite a while, and it even became almost fashionable at the highest level (e. g. even the World Champion Magnus Carlsen played it himself in Wijk aan Zee a month ago). It seems that there are many options worth investigating, and a lot of uncharted territory worth exploring.
Today’s preview brings a position from a computer engine game. Black wants to exchange the queens, so White has to act quickly if he wants to fight for advantage.See more
We all know the famous Nimzowitsch punchline that “the threat is stronger than the execution,” but to decline capturing the bishop on c3 twice in a row is nothing short of a stroke of genius!