[May 13, 2016] Updated Opening Line by GM Slaviša Brenjo:
King’s Indian Defense, Carlsbad Variation – Panno Variation

[Line 129 : 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Nc3 a6]

Line 129 covers the main line of the Carslbad Variation of the King’s Indian Defense – the Panno Variation, i.e. 7… a6, with the idea Rb8 and b7-b5.

White literally has a dozen interesting possibilities, all of them leading to complex positions with mutual chances.

Immediate 8. d5 followed by Nd2, Rb1 and b3 seems like a good choice for club level players.

8. Bf4 followed by Rc1 is a fashionable choice among the players from the elite  2700+ club, like in M. Carlsen – H. Nakamura, Saint Louis 2013 game, or in the more recent Bu Xiangzhi – Ding Liren, Danzhou 2014.

Prophylactic 8. h3 is another frequently played line, and 9. b3 is, in our opinion, the most promising line for White. After 9. b3 Rb8, White usually continues either with 10. Bb2 or 10. Nd5.

[Diagram: White to Move] Rook on a1 is under attack, as well as the c4-pawn, so it looks like Black will be able to get back the material with a reasonably good position. However, White has an unexpected reaction that secures him a long-term advantage!

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