[January 29, 2019] Updated Opening Line by Bojan Vučković:
Reti Opening, King’s Indian Attack with 2… c5

[Line 023 : 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 without 2… c6, 2… Nf6]

Move 2… Nf6 is covered in our Lines 026-028, while 2… c6 is the topic of our Line 024. There are also many other possible setups for Black, and they are dealt with here in Line 023.

The idea of 2… Bg4 is Nd7, e7-e6, Bd6 and then either Ne7 or Ngf6, all the while delaying c7-c6. An illustrative line could be 3. Bg2 Nd7 4. O-O e6 5. d3 Bd6 6. Nbd2 Ne7, with equality.

Early kingside fianchetto 2… g6 is another popular option. Black usually proceeds with Bg7, e7-e5 and Ne7. If at some moment White plays c2-c4, Black can decide between taking the pawn with dxc4, advancing d5-d4, or defending the pawn with either c7-c6 or Nf6.

After the active 2… c5 occurs a reversed King’s Indian Defense (3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5) or reversed Gruenfeld Defense (3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d4), in both cases with equal chances.

[Diagram: Black to Move] Taking the poisoned pawn in the diagrammed position turns out to be a big mistake for White. How does Black gain an almost decisive advantage?

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